The Gypsy Code: The true story of a violent game of hide


The Gypsy Code: The true story of a violent game of hide and seek at the fringes of society ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ The Gypsy Code: The true story of a violent game of hide and seek at the fringes of society Author Mike Woodhouse – Thomashillier.co.uk Mike Woodhouse had everything an engineering business, a wine bar, a home, a Range Rover and a boat Then he caught a group of travellers stealing from his warehouse A car chase, petrol bombing and cou Mike Code: The true story Epub / Woodhouse had everything an engineering Code: The PDF/EPUB Á business, a wine bar, The Gypsy Epub / a home, a Range Rover and a boat Then he caught Gypsy Code: The Kindle Ñ a group of travellers stealing from his warehouse A car chase, petrol bombing and court case later, and everything had changedA marked man, Mike was forced to leave everything behind and move to the Peak District for a fresh start But his old life was never far behind and when he fell for Rhoda, a Romany Gypsy, kin to the very people he was hiding from, he knew he wouldn t be safe for much longer The Gypsy Code is a story of secret identity, revenge and forbidden love that s perfect for fans of Running with the Firm, Undercover and Soldier Spy.

    The Gypsy Code: The true story of a violent game of hide petrol bombing and court case later, and everything had changedA marked man, Mike was forced to leave everything behind and move to the Peak District for a fresh start But his old life was never far behind and when he fell for Rhoda, a Romany Gypsy, kin to the very people he was hiding from, he knew he wouldn t be safe for much longer The Gypsy Code is a story of secret identity, revenge and forbidden love that s perfect for fans of Running with the Firm, Undercover and Soldier Spy."/>
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Gypsy Code: The true story of a violent game of hide and seek at the fringes of society
  • Mike Woodhouse
  • 02 January 2019
  • 0241357241

About the Author: Mike Woodhouse

Born Code: The true story Epub / in a rural community in Code: The PDF/EPUB Á North Norfolk in The Gypsy Epub / Worked in over countries in numerous professions including engineer, barman, Gypsy Code: The Kindle Ñ club dj, whalespotter and vacuum cleaner salesman Part of that varied lifestyle forms the basis of his first book, The Gypsy Code.



10 thoughts on “The Gypsy Code: The true story of a violent game of hide and seek at the fringes of society

  1. Maureen Maureen says:

    3.5 STARS This is the true warts and all story of Mike Woodhouse who, when we first meet him is quite the entrepreneur He s had a number of successful businesses under his belt, but that was before the day he caught a group of travellers stealing from his warehouse That fateful day was to be the beginning of the end of this period of relative normality, and became an all out war that led him down a very dark and dangerous road a road that resulted in him having to leave the area in s 3.5 STARS This is the true warts and all story of Mike Woodhouse who, when we first meet him is quite the entrepreneur He s had a number of successful businesses under his belt, but that was before the day he caught a group of travellers stealing from his warehouse That fateful day was to be the beginning of the end of this period of relative normality, and became an all out war that led him down a very dark and dangerous road a road that resulted in him having to leave the area in search of a new life This new life also included a new love interest, and ironically she was a Romany Gypsy called Rhoda How on earth would this relationship work out when her kin are the very people he s hiding from Told in a down to earth, call a spade a spade manner the author pulls no punches in relating his terrifying story of how quickly life can take such a head spinning turn Because of the actions Mike Woodhouse took against the travellers, my initial thoughts were Does this guy have a death wish My secondary thoughts were Yes he certainly does However, it s easy to recognise the despair he felt at being the target of some major thefts, and he also saw that his community was suffering from the same problems too he felt that this small Norfolk town was becoming a lawless place to live and he could no longer stand by and let it continue The one constant in Mike s life is Alfie, his German Pointer dog This beautiful creature appears to be sensitive to Mike s feelings, seems to know when his master is in a dark place, and ultimately he will prove to be Mike s saviour when others have deserted him.An interesting memoir that shows how life can so easily spiral out of control the narrative is raw and gritty, and included descriptions of animal cruelty that, as an animal lover I chose to skim through after all, my favourite character in this frightening tale has to be the loyal and loving Alfie the dog Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Michael Joseph for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange

  2. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    3.5 rounded up to 4Mike Woodhouse had it all an engineering business, a wine bar, a home, a Range Rover and a boat Then one morning he caught some travellers stealing form his warehouse This is the point where Mike s life changed The story is truthfully told how he petrol bombed travellers caravans, falling for a gypsy woman and living in fear of being recognised by the travellers he had targeted He tells how he was a wealthy man to being penniless living in a caravan with no electricity 3.5 rounded up to 4Mike Woodhouse had it all an engineering business, a wine bar, a home, a Range Rover and a boat Then one morning he caught some travellers stealing form his warehouse This is the point where Mike s life changed The story is truthfully told how he petrol bombed travellers caravans, falling for a gypsy woman and living in fear of being recognised by the travellers he had targeted He tells how he was a wealthy man to being penniless living in a caravan with no electricity or running water The only faithful companion he has is his beloved dog, Alfie This memoir tells us how one stupid action can follow you around and have you looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK Michael Joseph and the author Mike Woodhouse for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

  3. Sara Sara says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 2.5 rounded up The Gypsy Code follows author Mike Woodhouse as he recounts his past troubles with a gypsy family, who then take it upon themselves to exact revenge and start a lifelong feud Love, loss and the constant companionship of loyal dog Alfie spins an interesting story as Mike faces untold hardship, and a bittersweet turn of events in Rhoda, a gypsy woman he comes to love Mike Woodhouse comes across as a very salt of th I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 2.5 rounded up The Gypsy Code follows author Mike Woodhouse as he recounts his past troubles with a gypsy family, who then take it upon themselves to exact revenge and start a lifelong feud Love, loss and the constant companionship of loyal dog Alfie spins an interesting story as Mike faces untold hardship, and a bittersweet turn of events in Rhoda, a gypsy woman he comes to love Mike Woodhouse comes across as a very salt of the Earth character He doesn t mince his words when regaling his life running from the gypsies he s been targeted by, and his swift downward spiral into a life living in fear I wouldn t necessarily say that his actions are blameless, but he comes across as a man who really understands the consequences of his past crimes and this makes him a lotlikeable than he might have otherwise see I think this is because his story feels very honest, never shying away from showing the author in a less than positive way when called upon It feels believable The writing style is ok I found that towards the end the story looses a lot of its momentum, and I did start to loose interest I think it s hard to tell a story of this nature and maintain that high level of emotions This tries, but wasn t quite there

  4. James James says:

    This is an apparently true account of one man s changing relationship with Gypsies Mike Woodhouse was a successful man He was also someone who was far from risk averse, happy to change direction and try new things and make a success of it An engineer by trade, he had tried his luck at running a nightclub, then when that got too much, threw it in and took a job as a welder before working his way up an engineering company While there he had his first run in with the Smiths, a troublesome Gypsy This is an apparently true account of one man s changing relationship with Gypsies Mike Woodhouse was a successful man He was also someone who was far from risk averse, happy to change direction and try new things and make a success of it An engineer by trade, he had tried his luck at running a nightclub, then when that got too much, threw it in and took a job as a welder before working his way up an engineering company While there he had his first run in with the Smiths, a troublesome Gypsy clan involved in criminality Having disturbed a robbery at the company, Mike gave chase and ran them off the road This sparked a feud that would follow him.Mike moved away and started his own business, but the Smiths were never far away A passionate rugby man and unafraid to use his fists, he was not the kind of guy to back down He also could call on other like minded and equally capable people This was most obvious when local farmers asked him to help drive Gypsies from their land, something he engaged in with gusto But Mike met Rhoda, a Romany Gypsy, and he fell in love This was the start of a change in his attitudes, and while still despising the Smiths, he learnt that Gypsy culture is far richer than he had dreamed This change in attitude was solidified when through a betrayal he ended up losing everything and having no choice but to move in to a trailer with Rhoda, in effect living the Gypsy life himself.The Gypsy Code is an interesting book, it s very well written and compelling Gypsies and travellers are often a source of contention for middle England, their caravans and trailers unwelcome in town s and villages throughout Britain Their communities suffer discrimination and exclusion some are involved in crime and they are disproportionately reflected in the prison population This book doesn t shy away from the criminality associated with some members of the community, the Smiths being a thoroughly antisocial family, but equally in the latter part of the narrative the author shows how all too often the whole population is tarnished with the same brush Unfortunately, he s not consistent, however Towards the end of the book, Mike runs a stall at a traveller fare and relates how the Romany gypsies were well dressed, polite and proud, the Irish travellers in tracksuits and troublesome Is this really the case All Romany s are upstanding members of the community while all Irish travellers are criminals Is he not doing what others do to the community as a whole and if he had fallen in love with an Irish traveller instead of a Romany, would he not perceive things the other way around That said, this is a biography, not a journalistic account or academic study of gypsy traveller life, and that was obviously how he perceived things at the time Without giving away spoilers, Mike s earlier activity of fighting with Gypsies and running them off farmer s land comes back to haunt him, and the book ends on a bitter sweet note The Gypsy Code is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed Well written and moving, it will be interesting to read what the author writes next

  5. Martha Brindley Martha Brindley says:

    This book caught my interest as I wanted to learn a bitabout life as a gypsy, but I was left feeling slightly disappointed.It was written very simply and was a very quick read, my favourite character being Alfie the dog There is love, loyalty and a bit of cultural insight, although just lacking in a bit of emotion It makes a good holiday read and I would give it 3 Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.

  6. Samantha Samantha says:

    This is a true story of Mike Woodhouse who seemed to have it all, a successful business and comfortable life until the day he caught a group of Gypsy travellers stealing from his warehouse He then sets about a vigilante style revenge with some like minded friends and gets himself into some dangerous situations that eventually lead to him loosing everything he has built up and a life living in fear.His hardships and decisions he has to make as his life spirals out of control change his perceptio This is a true story of Mike Woodhouse who seemed to have it all, a successful business and comfortable life until the day he caught a group of Gypsy travellers stealing from his warehouse He then sets about a vigilante style revenge with some like minded friends and gets himself into some dangerous situations that eventually lead to him loosing everything he has built up and a life living in fear.His hardships and decisions he has to make as his life spirals out of control change his perception of the travellers he has been fighting and he learns the consequences of his actions Honest, gritty and honest even when he portrays himself in an unfavourable light.Not a fan of his writing style however, it felt at times he was on the verge of turning this into a novel rather than a true story although I think as a novel it would have worked fine As an insight into this world it worked but seemed to lack emotion for me so only 3 stars for this reason

  7. Kim Kim says:

    This is a true story of how Mike Woodhouse was against the traveling community, the trouble and mess they caused and the violence that came with them when they illegally moved onto a farmers field Set in Norfolk, Mike gave them as good as they gave, by causing them as much disruption as possible His bugbear was a family named The Smiths who he had many run ins with He was a successful businessman with plenty of money in the bank a nice home a smart car, and a love of playing rugby.Then he me This is a true story of how Mike Woodhouse was against the traveling community, the trouble and mess they caused and the violence that came with them when they illegally moved onto a farmers field Set in Norfolk, Mike gave them as good as they gave, by causing them as much disruption as possible His bugbear was a family named The Smiths who he had many run ins with He was a successful businessman with plenty of money in the bank a nice home a smart car, and a love of playing rugby.Then he meets Rhoda, a gypsy girl who s father is royalty among the gypsy fraternity and his life changes.This book is gritty but had me in tears at times at the frustrations they face I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn t put it down

  8. Niall Browne Niall Browne says:

    Total rubbishBio of man who likes Rugby Had a few businesses that failed, experienced some anti social behaviour Could be anyones bio Except everyone doesn t take to throwing petrol bombs at people s homes without any regard for life He then fears these people coming after him I wonder why Except they don t really come after him apart from getting a few thumps but he is still afraid That sums it up really This book is probably one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to read Total rubbishBio of man who likes Rugby Had a few businesses that failed, experienced some anti social behaviour Could be anyones bio Except everyone doesn t take to throwing petrol bombs at people s homes without any regard for life He then fears these people coming after him I wonder why Except they don t really come after him apart from getting a few thumps but he is still afraid That sums it up really This book is probably one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to read Drivel

  9. Cen-sational Reads Cen-sational Reads says:

    A true story about Mike Woodhouse He had a comfortable life in a small village in Norfolk and has a run in with the travelling community So much so that he takes matters into his own hands.Fast forward a few years and Mike meets and falls in love with a traveller girl called Rhoda they make a life together for themselves but then his past comes back to haunt him So muchto this,A good and interesting read Well written

  10. Caroline Caroline says:

    I was interested to learnabout the Gypsy life in the UK as I m new here, and it did teach me a bit, but this guy just seems like a hothead who didn t learn lessons and got himself in trouble Also, was very simply written but at least a quick read.

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