King of the Gypsies by Bartley Gorman & Peter Walsh

King of the Gypsies

By Bartley Gorman & Peter Walsh

  • Release Date: 2012-06-19
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
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'A rare glimpse into a secret world.' --THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

'Every page shines...a tremendous book.' -- TRAVELLER MAGAZINE

'Hard-hitting...Highly recommended.' -FIGHTSPORT

'Illuminating and gripping.' -- IRISH POST 

Bartley Gorman was the greatest bareknuckle fighter of modern times. He reigned as King of the Gypsies for twenty years, beating all comers in illegal contests at fairs and racetracks, down mineshafts and in quarries, on campsites and in car parks. 

In this hard-hitting autobiography, he lays bare the secret world of illicit prize-fighting and recalls his violent clashes with pro-boxers, martial artists, streetfighters and the lawless `suicide fighters' who seek out the top champions of the day. He describes great fighters of the past like the infamous Uriah `Big Just' Burton, the challenges he threw out to London hardmen Lennie McLean and Roy Shaw, and the brutal mob attack that almost cost him his life. 
His extraordinary memoir also contains many rare photographs and unveils the formidable new breed of fighting travellers.


  • If you only read 1 book this is it

    By Paul 2402
    One of the best books I've ever read a real insight into Bareknuckle fighting and a true legend first class
  • A long lost world

    By Me the reviewer
    Takes me back to my childhood in the midlands in the 80's, the smoky pubs my grandad and dad would go to. The travellers who would sell us carpets, sofas, mac our drive, felt our roof! seems a world away now. A glimpse into the barenuckle world and the traveller community and values.
  • King of the Gypsies

    By Read dog
    A truly inspirational book. Told by a man who's honesty and modesty is first class. A man who lived his life by the beliefs and laws of the travelling fraternity and has to be admired for that. RIP Champ.
  • King of the Gypsies

    By StPatricks
    A very interesting read, better than some of the biographies of well known sportsmen. You do have only one side of the story but it's a good holiday read.
  • Bartley Gorman

    By Leearrow
    Awesome read Dam hard man and god bless
  • Awesome

    By Lowndes1974
    Great read, a good in sight to bare knuckle fighting
  • King of the gypsies

    By Macataka123
    A fascinating insight into the mind of an admirable man. A very honest account of one mans long hard painful realisation and regret. God bless you Bartley you were a true gent that lived and fought with honour and pride you chose to live by the sword and you wielded it till the very end with the utmost dignity total respect.
  • Gypsy??

    By Borderer03
    A well written and interesting book but a misleading title. Horseman was an irish traveller or Pavee not a gypsy which is a different ethnic group in the UK.
  • Brilliant!

    By Gumsy11
    Great insight into bare knuckle fighting. Did not want it to end. What a fighter.
  • Great

    By We only won five one
    Loved this book