The Peaky Blinders as we know them, thanks to the TV series, are infused with drama and dread. But who were the real Peaky Blinders? Did they really exist? Social historian, and author, Charl Chinn, has spent decades searching them out. Now he reveals the true story of the notorious Peaky Blinders one of whom was his own great grandfather, and like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in back-street Birmingham. Drawing together a wide-range of original sources, including rarely seen images of the real characters and interviews with relatives of the them, this book adds a new dimension to the story of Birmingham's underworld.