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Wandsworth born Mike Gray has just written his fourth book 'The Great Train Robbery Quiz Book'. Full of South London Connections, following on from his three previous books on Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, in the Train Robbery Quiz Book it mentions that one of the Train Robbery gang leaders Gordon Goody, was born in Putney, and lived with his mother also in the Putney area until his arrest only weeks after the Great Train Robbery, he is still alive today and lives in Mojacar, Southern Spain, Mikes new book is publishing on 18th December.

After tampering with line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train. Other gang members included Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Courdrey as well as three men known only as numbers '1', '2' and '3'.

Mike Gray has produced a fascinating never before published Quiz book on The Great Train Robbery, which has today become known as the 'Crime of The Century' on 8th August this year it was the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Great Train Robbery, and the subject is proving as popular today as ever, with major TV stations BBC & ITV investing millions in Television Drama adaptations.

"England captain Bobby Moore met which train robber for lunch? When did Eastenders Phil Mitchell play a train robber? Which Formula one racing driver was a train robber? Which robbers son is in rock group Alabama 3? What is actor Larry lamb's train robbery connection? Are only five out of the sixteen robbers still alive today? Where is the only remaining train carraige today? Which robber still has a mailbag from 50 years ago? How many postal workers were on the train? Plus many, many more interesting questions/facts" with hours of family/pub quiz fun or the ideal Christmas kindle.

Mike's book is publishing to coincide with the reported multi-million pound BBC Television Drama, due to be screened in December on The Great Train Robbery, written by Chris (Broadchurch) Chibnall, and directed by Julian Jarrold, the first 90-minute drama is called 'A Robbers Tale' followed by a second 90-minute episode called 'A Coppers Tale' starring Hollywood actor Luke Evans and award winning actor Jim Broadbent, plus Tim Piggott-Smith and Nick Moran, Mike has been contacting Head of BBC TV Drama Productions Poly Hill, to find out the airing dates, so that his book can coincide with the dramas.

Mike's previous book "The Ronnie Biggs Quiz Book" which published last month, was a personal crusade to reflect on his 30-year friendship with 84-year old Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, whom he first contacted in 1989, and he visited Biggs in various prisons in the UK every month for eight years, and the in-depth knowledge of the questions and answers, lets the reader have a different view of the subject, that is so very unusual from most other publications, and he hopes to replicate this in his new book "The Great Train Robbery Quiz Book".

Mikes other publications are 'Ronnie Biggs-The Inside Story' & '101 Interesting facts on Ronnie Biggs and The Great Train Robbery'. All Mike's books have been published by Chris Cowlin owner of Apex Publishing

December 20, 2013