#BettingPeople: JAMIE REID We revisited best-selling author Jamie Reid to talk about his latest book, ‘Victor Chandler – Bet Your Life On It’ – the authorised biography. The Chandler dynasty’s history is delved into and reads in places like an episode of Peaky Blinders, indeed the real life fact and fiction with the very same collide. From William ‘Bill’ Chandler’s rise in the roaring 20’s, Victor senior making his mark on the rails and the Afghan coat wearing tearaway, the current Victor Chandler, thrust into the sometimes murky world of high stakes on-course bookmaking at an early age …… Meeting Jamie Reid with Simon Nott.
JAMIE REID talks Victor Chandler (part 1 of 3)
Jamie explains how a planned half hour audience with Victor led to this authorised biography but was decades in the making. He gives us a synopsis of the book which starts with Bill Chandler – bookmaker and gangster – and explains why the nemesis of many a bookmaker, the late Barney Curley wrote the foreword.
JAMIE REID talks Victor Chandler (part 2 of 3)
Jamie talks about how there was a fine line between organised crime and bookmaking in the days of Victor’s grandfather, how guys nicknamed ‘Hammer’ weren’t blacksmiths or carpenters. Doing business with Lords and the underworld hand in hand on the rails, profiting from the excesses of the 1980’s and the characters that liked to have it on in lumps.
JAMIE REID talks Victor Chandler (part 3 of 3)
Things get personal as Jamie explains that whilst there is no question that the current Victor is a respectable businessman, he still has ‘that’ air about him. He talks about the supporting cast of bookmaking families that are intertwined with Victor’s story, the mysterious Monsieur X, the problems entailed writing this book and what’s next in the pipeline for Jamie.