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Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
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A candid, objective, cooly passionate, and often unsettling account of policing from a police officer. John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992 aged 22, we see snapshots of his life as an officer, as he progresses up the career ladder, as he deals with all the horrors and glory a life in blue has to offer. From the very first page my attention was sucked in whole, I come from a family of blue, married blue, and spent 20 years as a member of police support staff. Even then, I was on the edge of understanding, I didn't ever have to run towards danger, tell someone a loved one had died, sit with death, experience the bitter lows, the jubilant highs of being a police officer, yet John Sutherland takes you there. As we read we step in and out of a series of events that have all added up to create this man, it isn’t a glittery or gory descriptive feast, but it doesn't have to be, he simply and clearly gives you a connection, and an understanding that under that uniform is flesh and blood and feelings. One thing is abundantly clear, this man loves his job, he feels the continued effort is worth it, and yet it very nearly broke him. It is truly captivating, whether you nod, smile wryly, and wish he could have been your boss, or feel the shock and admiration as you learn what our police are exposed to day after day. ‘Blue A Memoir’ is a worthwhile and fascinating read, I really do recommend it with my heart and soul. ~ Liz Robinson
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
- Police Sergeant CL - 'Sutherland leads the reader through the significant events in his private and professional life that have shaped him...This book provides a glimpse of what police officers go through on a daily basis and the personal sacrifices that they make.'
- Phyl Smythson - 'Wonderfully motivational and moving non-fiction...Humbling read which made me appreciate the enormous demands life in the police has on the lives of those who bravely enter into the service.'
- Retired police officer Joe - 'a frank and honest reflection on life as a police officer, one of which I enjoyed and could relate to.'
- Alfred Nobile - 'This is a memoir, of one man's experience, is very personal and at times immensely moving...It was very easy to read but at the same time thought provoking.'
- Sue Burton - 'Hopefully this book will change the mind sets of people that are always criticizing the good work that the police actually do.'
- Sarah Musk - 'An eye-opening memoir about the career of a Met. Police officer which unfortunately ends with a nervous breakdown. His compassion and common sense though shine throughout this admirable book.'
- Ray Orgill - 'The police story he narrates does not tell us a great deal about the everyday aspects of the job but shows some of the highs and lows of policing, dealing with uniformed officers and the criminal.'
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Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland
A searingly honest memoir of life, policing and falling apart 'Every contact leaves a trace' John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, and compelled by the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives, he worked across the capital, experiencing first-hand the enormous satisfaction as well as the endless trauma that a life in blue can bring. There were remarkable, career-defining moments: commanding armed sieges, saving lives and helping to take dangerous people off the streets. But for every case with a happy ending, there were others that ended in desperate sadness. In early 2013, John suffered a major breakdown and consequent battle with crippling depression. After a career spent racing to be the first at the scene of crimes and catastrophes, he found himself in pieces, unable to put one foot in front of the other. Blue is a memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of laughter and loss, of the best and the worst of humanity, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.
Reviews'Blue is a remarkable, revealing and inspiring insight into the worlds of the police and the policed. The stories told are by turns heart-warming and saddening, moving and maddening - it is an account of the very best and the very worst of our society. It is a book which should be required reading for all who aspire to public office, in any sector and at every level'
John Nichol bestselling author of Tornado Down
'It is rare for an officer to reveal such deep, personal experiences about the effect policing has had on his life as does John Sutherland. His memoir will expand people's understanding of what it means to be a police officer in Britain today, revealing the truth about the toll that a career in policing can have on those tasked with the responsibility of tackling crime. This is a brave and compelling account of policing from a very senior officer in the most renowned police force in the world'
Colin Taylor author of Life of a Scilly Sergeant
'A superb book by a superb police officer'
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Publication date25th May 2017
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