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By Ray Winstone

From the boxing golf equipment of Seventies East London to Hollywood's crimson carpets—the knockout autobiography of 1 of Britain's best-loved actors

Ray Winstone's extraordinary expertise for bringing out the humanity buried within his usually brutal reveal characters—violent criminal in Scum, wife-beater in Nil by way of Mouth, retired blagger in Sexy Beast—has made him some of the most charismatic actors of his new release. yet how do those uncompromising and sometimes haunting performances sq. together with his off-duty recognition because the final salt-of-the-earth diamond geezer? the reply lies within the East finish of his adolescence. Revisiting the bomb-sites and boozers of his formative years and early life, Ray Winstone takes the reader on an unforgettable travel of a cockney heartland that is instantly irresistibly mythic and undeniably actual. advised with its author's trademark mix of brutal directness and roguish wit, Young Winstone deals a desirable perception into the social heritage of East London, in addition to a faculty of tough knocks coming-of-age tale with a robust emotional punch.

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