Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal FamilyTales of the Notorious Hudson Family Series
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December 2014 Book of the Month.
A truly fascinating tale, sad, moving and at times repugnant, but so utterly compelling. You feel as though you have been spirited back into the 1970’s to sit on the shoulder of the Hudson family from the notorious Canterbury Estate in Bradford. Vinnie and Josie are captivating characters, brother and sister with similar hopes and dreams, they are also as opposite as opposite can be. The nightmare path on which the two find themselves, somehow feels inevitable and the abhorrence you feel as the tale unfolds is even more shocking when you remember this story is true. Although classed as non-fiction, this reads like fiction and Shaw, cousin to Vinnie states that local folklore sits alongside the truth. The family tree at the front of the book is an interesting read in its own right and you can see how two further books ‘My Uncle Charlie’ and ‘My Mam Shirley’ fit into the jigsaw. Unflinchingly raw, honest and bleak, the family bonds of love and protection, particularly between Vinnie and Josie, hold a candle to the darkness. ~ Liz Robinson
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
- Cathy Burman - 'This is a true story and it is a powerful, gritty, shocking, heart stopping, emotional, explosive and riveting insight into the lives of these people who have been let down and abandoned by society.' Read full review >
- Anne Rhodes - 'A gripping story where you are rooting for the main characters, whatever they have done, as though they were people you knew personally.' Read full review >
- Gavin Dimmock - 'I found Vinnie to be a wonderful, dreadful, compelling character and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with him. Thankfully though, he was safely on the page and not in front of me.' Read full review >
- Lynette McCann - 'Written like a true crime novel, you have to keep reminding yourself that it's true and it was very hard to put the book down till it reached its conclusion.' Read full review >
- Angie Rhodes - 'Martina Cole, needs to watch out, there's a new kid on the block. Can't wait for the next book…' Read full review >
- Pauline Braisher - 'Our Vinnie isn't the type of book I usually read but I was impressed enough to read it in two days and intend to read the other two books in the trilogy.' Read full review >
- Carol Peace - 'I really enjoyed reading about Vinnie and his family, and the responsibility that Vinnie felt for his family was understandable albeit way over the top.' Read full review >
- Alan Brown - 'A story of a family trying to cope from the difficult side of life in Bradford in the 1970s. Both parts of this story are mastered in a light manner.' Read full review >
- Celia Cohen - 'A dark and depressing book but extremely well written...It was so well written I just had to finish it to find out what happened to the characters. It was a true story too.' Read full review >
- Marjorie Lacy - 'I asked to review this book as I live about an hour's drive from Bradford, thinking it would be a bit of local knowledge and colour. As a quiet and peaceful person, I found the extreme violence shocking reading.' Read full review >
- Katie Hoare - 'This reads in an interesting and highly readable narrative story and gives an insight to one arm of Yorkshire’s notorious criminal family.' Read full review >
- Dana Captainino - 'It is difficult to argue that Our Vinnie is an enjoyable read but it is certainly an eye opener into a world unimaginable to most readers.' Read full review >
- Jennifer Moville - 'An enthralling read of the story of a Bradford boy gone bad - but not sure I would pursue the other books in the series.' Read full review >
- Cathy Small - 'The graphic truth of a brothers determination to avenge his sister. You will feel compelled to not put the book down until the end.' Read full review >
- Karen - This was a hard hitting and thought provoking read. The characters feel fully formed and the storytelling flowed easily.' Read full review >
- Jane Brown - 'I was interested as I lived in West Yorkshire about 20 years ago...I found it gritty as I expected to, but there was the Yorkshire humour there too.' Read full review >
- Phylippa Smithson - Talk about a powerful, disturbing and deeply touching story! Our Vinnie – what a man and what a story his life makes.' Read full review >
- Jocelyn Garvey - This is not a pretty tale; gritty is not a sufficient adjective for the book. The language is consistently bad ... I will not be reading the other books in the series.' Read full review >
- Katie Dickinson - 'Get out of your comfort zone and read this book! It will open your eyes to the rougher side of life.' Read full review >
- Judi Davies - 'Not really my taste but a good story based on fact. Lots of bad language but this is obviously a part of real life on the Canterbury Estate in Bradford in the 70s.' Read full review >
- Beverley Davenport - 'This was a definite page turner, the characters are engaging and the author is able to create sympathy and understanding for even the hardest of criminals.' Read full review >
- Rachel Bridgeman - 'A quick and undemanding read that takes the aesthetics of Martina Cole's crime empires and moves it to Yorkshire.' Read full review >
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Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family by Julie Shaw
The infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, a hotbed of crime, drink and drugs, was a law unto itself in the '70s. So when one of their own was wronged in any way, the community always had its own way of dealing with it. The first title in a series of gritty family sagas, Our Vinnie accounts the dramatic true story of a brother's determination to avenge his younger sister's rape. Josie was just 11 when her Vinnie, then 14, was taken away to a detention centre. Distraught by his absence and left alone with indifferent parents, when she escapes from one of their rows she naively enters the house of a neighbour, Melvin, who - horrifically - leads her upstairs and overpowers her. Convinced by her friend Carol, Josie tells her sister Lyndsey about the rape but, with Vinnie out of the picture, Lyndsey uses the information for her own ends. When Vinnie returns, hardened by years inside the system, his outrage on discovering the truth is severe. And with new abuses continually coming to light, a cataclysmic series of violent events begins to spiral out of control...Dramatic and shocking, Our Vinnie is an unbelievable page-turner, documenting a community forsaken by society, and one brother's unrelenting determination to take justice into his own hands.
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Publication date6th November 2014
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