Pan Macmillan has acquired the autobiography of Frank Fraser and his two bank-robber sons Dave and Pat.
The publisher bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Mad Frank and Family by Dave and Pat Fraser and Beezy Marsh from Tim Bates at Pollinger Ltd.
In Mad Frank and Family, the Frasers will “share the untold story of one of the most prolific and feared crime families in Britain”.
Drawing on exclusive final interviews with Frank Fraser recorded in the year before his death in November 2014 and with unprecedented access to his closest relatives, Mad Frank and Family follows his rise from a petty thief from a ‘dirt poor’ street in Waterloo, to a feared and respected West End crime lord and head of a legendary gangland family.
It includes the story of Frank Fraser’s beloved sister Eva, who was a top-class West End shoplifter, and his sons David and Patrick, who reveal in “shocking detail the full extent of the family’s network and the influences that shaped them”.
Editorial director Ingrid Connell said: “Featuring some of the most famous names in the London underworld, and stretching over a century, this is a fascinating slice of gangland history seen through the eyes of Frank Fraser and his two renegade sons.”
Pan Macmillan will publish Mad Frank and Family on the Sidgwick & Jackson imprint in spring 2016.