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Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics Reviews

Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics by Michael Gillard

Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics

Michael Gillard

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2 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Reader
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 25 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781448217410

Award-winning journalist Gillard took up where they left off to expose the tangled web of chief executives, big banks, politicians and dirty money where innocent lives are destroyed and the guilty flourish. Gillard's efforts culminated in a landmark court case, which finally put the Long Fella and his friends on trial exposing London's real Olympic legacy.

4 stars out of 5
James Walton
5 Aug 2019

"...this is a book that’s both eye-opening and hair-raising"

...this is a book that’s both eye-opening and hair-raising. Given Gillard’s assiduous quoting of chapter and verse – and the sheer complexity of the story – it isn’t always an easy read. But it is a riveting one. There’s also much to enjoy (if a bit guiltily) in its cast of archetypal East End villains, with their fondness for pigeon-fancying and restaurants full of West Ham footballers and Page 3 girls. And of course, at a time when the word “brave” is applied to any book that mildly dissents from contemporary social pieties – or that simply parrots them – it’s impossible not to admire Gillard’s courage in publishing Legacy at all.


4 stars out of 5
21 Jul 2019

"A story of violence and corruption in gangland London"

Legacy is a truly original and only-too-real story of ganglands, crime and corruption in a run-down corner of east London that had suddenly become hot property as the site for the 2012 Olympics. It is a book packed with a long cast of colourful, if unsavoury characters and a host of jaw-dropping stories. At times, it reads like a script from an American television series such as The Wire or The Sopranos — only this is Britain in modern times and the events Gillard relates actually happened.