• King of the Gypsies

  • Memoirs of the Undefeated Bareknuckle Champion of Great Britain and Ireland
  • By: Bartley Gorman, Peter Walsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Turton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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King of the Gypsies

By: Bartley Gorman,Peter Walsh
Narrated by: Alan Turton
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Publisher's Summary

Bartley Gorman was the greatest bareknuckle fighter of modern times. He reigned as King of the Gypsies for 20 years, beating all comers in illegal contests at fairs and racetracks, down mineshafts and in quarries, on campsites and car parks. He fought for honour and pride and became a legend among the travelling community.

In this hard-hitting autobiography, completed shortly before his death, he lays bare the secret world of illicit prize-fighting and recalls his violent clashes with professional boxers, martial artists, streetfighters, wildmen 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 his life on St Leger Day at Doncaster Races.

As told to best-selling writer Peter Walsh, author of Gang War and Cocky: The Rise and Fall of Curtis Warren, his extraordinary memoir offers not only a rare insight into a hidden world, but also contains many rare photographs and unveils the formidable new breed of fighting travellers.

©2003 Peter Walsh (P)2021 Peter Walsh

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Real knuckle man

What a fantastic book I regret learning of Bartley so late in life 15yrs after his death but what a man, what a life and the Lord put that life on the shoulders of the only man who could of handled it. Soon as the book was over o restarted it 3 times I can’t get enough of it! RIP my brother

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What a man, what a fighter!

Loved the book and the narration. A very human, honest portrait of a great bare knuckle fighter. Gives insight into the gypsy “travelers” who roam the UK today, and shows you why Tyson Fury IS Gypsy King. If you enjoy pugilistic sports it’s a must-read!

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Great book

Great book!A must have.
Incredible view into the world of the gypsy fighters.
Excellent read.

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  • Patrick G.
  • 06-30-21

Brilliant

One of the best autobiographies I've ever engaged with. Bartley Gorman comes across vividly and well. What tops it off is the great, believable narration (which is rare on audio book autobiographies!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-21

Great Story teller Mr Bartley Gorman!

Great strory! loved it, digging deep into the underworld of bare knuckle boxing, bringing to life characters by the narrators voice and actions! must read for any boxing fan too! Gives a nice base into Tyson Fury and what it means to being Gypsy King!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-21

Great listen

Brilliant story honest wit ups and lows nearly had a tear in my eye at some stage well worth a listen

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  • Matthew Anderson
  • 07-18-22

What a man

Bartley a man I wished I'd meet in my lifetime he was last of the real men. A true inside of travelling and barknuckle fighting life of how it used to be before everyone started to use weapons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-22

Excellent book.

The start was abit slow for me but when he got into telling his storey’s it was a wicked listen !

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  • Mike R
  • 06-18-22

probably the best audiobook you'll ever listen to

A superbly narrated account of a colourful life, lived out to the full. Lots of tales of gypsy life, from Bartleys own upbringing to the very end. whilst it has stories of his many fights, it also touches on aspects of his day to day life. Some questionable activities "I never stole" says Bartley at one point, then he proceeds to regale a tale of sheep rustling. But, whilst of dubious morals, this particular story is warm, witty and well recounted. "Gandys dead" is a phrase that will tickle me for a long time to come. Listen and you'll find out for yourself.

I can understand why this book may not be for everyone. But, for a minute, but aside any prejudice you may have, and just listen. If you do, you'll be royally entertained by a King of the Gypsy's.

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  • ross pygall
  • 06-04-22

the king of the gypsies

very Insightful story about one of the best knuckle men in history. enjoyed the book very much. Well worth a listen

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  • 06-03-22

Fantastic Story of a Great Man

A bitter sweet story of a warrior who had a massive heart. Fighting Royalty.

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  • Gary Wherton
  • 03-13-22

legendary king of the gypsies

great narration and insight in the back ground, tradition & fighting lives of gypsies

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  • Mr. K. O' Hare
  • 02-26-22

Not much happening

Endless stories but nothing to get too excited about. I tailed off within the first two chapters and had enough by chapter 3

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-22

An interesting insight into a very different world

Thank you for sharing your story Bartley, it was a fascinating to hear your life for the first time.

Long live the king of the Gypsies.