The Life

  • by Martina Cole
  • Narrated by Annie Aldington
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the number one best-selling author Martina Cole.
The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late 70s they rule London's East End, and when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you....
Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future.
Martina Cole's gritty and gripping new novel is an unflinching portrait of a family torn apart by violence and betrayal, but ultimately bound by loyalty, by blood, and by a burning desire for revenge.... It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can.


What the Critics Say

"Utterly compelling." (Daily Mirror)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An excellent story, and an excellent narration....

As usual this Martina Cole story does not fail to disappoint, it focuses on two half brothers and their relationship with each other, between them run the criminal world in London. The story revolves aound them, their families and all the siblings.

What makes this audio book even better is that it is read by Annie Aldington, who does a brilliant rendition as always.
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- Catfish Knight

Marinta Cole - The Life

Another cracking read from Martina Cole she brings the characters to life and you feel as if you are there with them through all the tragedy, brutality and also the joy

I always enjoy reading the books by this writer.
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- Christine Williams

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2012
  • Publisher: Headline Digital