Nicholas Booth, author of Thieves of Threadneedle Street

A Nantwich-born author will re-tell the story of the greatest ever attempted fraud in a talk at Nantwich Bookshop.

Nicholas Booth has spent five years researching and writing his new book, The Thieves of Threadneedle Street.

It is a true story about a forgery that amazed Victorian London.

The book tells the story of how four American conmen nearly broke the Bank of England.

“It’s one of those stories you really couldn’t make up,” he says.

“It has chases, double crosses, femme fatales.”

Nick, who now lives in Sandbach, describes it as a cross between Ocean’s Eleven and Sherlock Holmes.

thieves of threadneedle street talk in nantwichThe book features never seen before archive material to tell the story of the forgers, who were chased all over the world.

“You’ll be amazed at the twists and turns of the story,” added Nick, who worked as a journalist in newspapers and TV for many years.

Nick’s last book, about a World War II double agent, is now being made into a film by Tom Hanks’ Playtone company.

His next one, about how British Intelligence used strange figures from the occult world and astrology, will be out next spring.

Nick was born in the Barony, before moving to Sandbach where he was a student at Sandbach School from 1975 to 1982.

He worked on an astronomy magazine with Patrick Moore and then went into newspapers, working for The Observer and The Times, where he was technology editor.

The talk is at 7pm on Tuesday October 6 at Nantwich Bookshop.

Tickets cost £5, with snacks and refreshments provided. For more information, call 01270 611665, or follow Twitter @ThievesBook

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