Bouncers and Bodyguards is a collection of astonishing true stories about the tough world of personal protection and nightclub doors from some of Britain’s most notorious figures.

Read how Charlie Bronson helped his friends out on the doors of his local in the early ’70s before being banged up for well over 30 years; how Dave Courtney misses the violent world of the doors; how ex-football hooligan Mickey Francis ran most of Manchester’s doors back in the ’80s; and how an ex-Foreign Legion bodyguard spent over a week cooped up in a bleak warehouse guarding Iraqi votes in central Baghdad.

By turns funny, sad and shocking, these candid accounts were written exclusively for this publication by individuals who have spent much of their working lives in what is a volatile, violent and frequently unpredictable industry.

Compiled by former bodyguard, ex-mercenary and well-known nightclub bouncer Robin Barratt, Bouncers and Bodyguards is an exposé of an infamous twilight world about which rumours have often circulated but the truth has never really been uncovered – until now.



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Some people think Bouncers are just Thugs. This book gives an insight on how Bodyguards work. They ain’t thugs, not by a long shot. What they do is, sort the wheat from the chaff and in doing so, face nightmarish danger, just in order to ensure that some tipsy people, have a good night out. The scum that can’t hold their drink, without being nasty, or threatening, are ejected by these Knights in Black. Robin Especially.Glad I don’t have his life. — Guy Morris

I have read all of Mr Barrett’s books and all I can say is as a doorman for many years it has highlighted the job we do (superbly). just wish our punters would read them too excellent gripping stuff from a man who has seen it and and above all done it! waiting for the next one!! — J.Roberts

This book is great, I was recommended it by a friend and what a buy… I couldn’t put it down, its the fasted book I have read to date. Its full of great little stories! Well worth it! — Simon Drinkel