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Max the Forger is an artist and gentleman whose colorful lifestyle has spanned over 70 years. He has lived under the strict regime of Barnardo’s children’s homes, been an elephant handler in the circus, lived rough, busked his way from Brighton to Bombay, sold his fakes up and down the country, dined with dukes, socialized with celebrities, associated with gangsters, served time in prison, and donated tens of thousands to charity. And through it all, he never stopped smiling and loving life - and missing his mum.

“Mister Brandrett, I do not see you as a malicious criminal,” sighed the judge, “but why-oh-why do you continue to use your God-given talent in this way?”

“I just can’t help myself, Your Honor. It’s like an addiction.” I grinned.

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“A picturesque journey! Even the Kray twins commissioned Max for a portrait of their mother!” (Shaun Attwood, true crime YouTuber and author)

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The life of a cheeky faker

This was an outstanding book! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Max has had one heck of a ride,from being a child with no shoes,to orphanages,foster homes and military school to ritzy galas with popular folk.All is told in cheeky prose. Narration by Charles Robert Fox was nearly perfect.A break between chapters would have been helpful.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fantastic Listen

Told in the first person this true story about the life of Max Brandrett is a fascinating and entertaining read, from being taken to a Barnados home as a six year old from which he managed "The Great Escape" it tells of his life as a circus elephant trainer, art forger and so much more. His love of his mother who sent him away along with his brother is obvious throughout the book. A well written truly memorable story. The narration is superb, Charles Robert Fox sounds so natural as he reads the book, his voices for each character really brings the whole thing to life. Highly Recommended listen.
I was kindly given a promo copy of the book by the author and leave this honest review totally voluntarily.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 09-08-22

Fascinating look at a fascinating fellow

I would love to see this as a movie or series! This was a truly fascinating listen about a fellow whose life was quite unique and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the minutia that lead him to where he ended up and of all the fascinating tales of his adventures his passion for painting and addiction to creating forged art. Loved this. Very well narrated story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Deedra
  • 05-06-22

The Life of a Cheeky Forger

This was an outstanding book! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Max has had one heck of a ride,from being a child with no shoes,to orphanages,foster homes and military school to ritzy galas with popular folk.All is told in cheeky prose. Narration by Charles Robert Fox was nearly perfect.A break between chapters would have been helpful.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.