Follow Britain's most wanted man into London's underworld and back out again
Ray Bishop was on the run, skulking in a dealer's house in north London, when an image of his face flashed up on the TV, accompanied by a public warning. The assembled company were aghast, and Ray felt sick at what he saw. How had he become Britain's most wanted man?
Growing up in a council estate in South East London, where he and his friends were regularly brutalised by the police Ray tells all of his early days of petty crime. Being despatched to notoriously violent youth-detention centres where he was further criminalized he graduated with flying colours to a career in London's underworld as an armed robber, a drug smuggler and a people trafficker, developing a serious addiction to cocaine and heroin along the way.
But Ray's is also story of redemption, of coming back from rock bottom and learning lessons the hard back. Enrolling in a rigorous rehabilitation programme, Ray turned his life around. He went on to realise his childhood dream of becoming British Middleweight Boxing Champion, setting up his own business and advocating for others along the way. Here's how he did it.
Ray is one of the good guys and the real deal and respected by many faces in the underworld.
An amazing journey and a must read for anyone interested in crime and reform. Powerful and gripping
Outlaw is a compelling memoir and a gripping read. In grappling with his own story Ray take the reader along a remarkable journey
A powerful story full of highs and lows, resilience, hope and redemption-couldn't put it down.
Not many men can speak about the art of armed robbery and reformation in the same breath as Ray Bishop. Outlaw exceeds expectations and for me one of the most honest memoirs I have read. Full of highs and lows and a great message that there are no winners in criminality