Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project at the University of Birmingham and history advisor for the schools of Perry Beeches The Academy. He is a social historian with a national profile, newspaper columnist, public speaker, writer, and charity fundraiser. Professor Chinn's writing is deeply affected by his family's working-class background and by his belief that history must be democratised. ' Professor Chinn is the author of 33 books that include studies of working-class housing, urban working class life, working-class women's lives, manufacturing, Birmingham, the Black Country, and ethnic minorities. The Real Peaky Blinders. Billy Kimber, the Birmingham Gang and the Racecourse Wars of the 1920s' is his latest book.