'Andrew Davies evokes the energy and excitement of gang life, their pride, their loyalty to each other, their love of fighting and their brutal excesses.'
Praise for Gangs of Manchester:
'City of Gangs's success lies in its compelling detail. Every other page can turn up a surprise; if not a delight, then at least an occasional grim smile.'
'An absorbing read.'
'The image of Glasgow's infamous razor gangs could be set to change for ever thanks to the shocking revelations made in a new book.'
'A well thought out, brilliantly told, historically accurate and definitive work...Simply the best of its kind.'
'An important addition to the growing library on pre-fifties youth culture.'
'Davies deftly explores the characters and crimes that defined this pivotal era. . . Meticulously researched, this is a comprehensive, compelling account of the gang culture that saw the gutters run red with the blood of a violent underworld steeped in bigotry, hatred and violence.'
'Rampant knife crime. Warring yobs clad in their own threatening uniform. And utterly powerless police. No, not 2009, but a Victorian England terrorised by teenage gangs even more savage than today's.'
'Gripping...a detailed picture of the gangsters who terrorised much of Glasgow.'