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The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the number one best-selling author Martina Cole.
The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late 70s they rule London's East End, and when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you....
Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future.
Martina Cole's gritty and gripping new novel is an unflinching portrait of a family torn apart by violence and betrayal, but ultimately bound by loyalty, by blood, and by a burning desire for revenge.... It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can.
©2012 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital
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"Utterly compelling." (Daily Mirror)
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By Christine Williams on 09-29-12

Marinta Cole - The Life

Another cracking read from Martina Cole she brings the characters to life and you feel as if you are there with them through all the tragedy, brutality and also the joy





I always enjoy reading the books by this writer.

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By S on 01-31-13

Dont bother

This is not a review of "the life" as to be honest i only managed to listen to 4 mins of it before i had to turn it off, instead this is a review of Annie Aldington's naration. She has without doubt the most whining voice you will ever hear. the 4 mins i listened to centered around the furenal of the main charactures mother after being killed by a car bomb, after listening to Annie narate all i can think is please kill me too!!!

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