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Anti-Social

The Secret Diary of an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer
Narrated by: Nick Pettigrew
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Perfect for fans of This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay and The Secret Barrister.

Has your life become unbearable because the person living above you has a fondness for crack cocaine, the company of strangers and dance music? Or maybe you’re a social worker, mental health nurse, police officer, firefighter, dog warden or vicar and you’ve been landed with someone who’s a pain in the arse. Who are you going to call? That would be me: an anti-social behaviour officer.

Anti-Social is the diary of a council worker whose job is to keep his community happy, or at least away from each other’s throats. That’s hard enough at the best of times but when government cuts mean that hospitals, social services and police are all at breaking point, the possibility of complete chaos is never far away. 

This is an urgent, timely but, most of all, hysterically funny true story of a life spent working with the people society wants to forget and the problems that nobody else can resolve. This book will make you laugh, cry and boil with rage within a single sentence.

©2020 Nick Pettigrew (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A good listen and very informative.

Provides a very informative account of the job of ASB officer and is well worth a listen.

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a must read for policy makers

I was aware of some of the issues that the author writes about but still found it highly educational. The big surprize was the amount of humour although most of it quite dark. The descriptions of the individuals concered were great and gave an insight into the everyday difficulties that the authors role entails. Usually im not fond of author read books- unless that author is an actor, comedian etc. in this case the narration was great. Highly recommended.

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Almost Too Much

Starting to hear Adam Kay shining through in a lot of books these days... one more Ill timed quip and I'll blow....! But still a good listen. Some of the stories are unbelievable and this chap needs a medal. Overall a good book. 8/10.

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accurate, funny & sad account of an impossible job

Been there done that, loved and hated it. As an ex-ASB officer, who has many times said "we could write a book on all we see, but would people believe us? " I'm glad Nick has obliged. The job of an ASB officer is, really, just as Nick describes. the humour through the book is a mix of Nick, and how the job drives you to cope with what you experience pretty much day in and day out. A good (audible) read that I found myself agreeing with 99% of the time, as I had my own real life examples to match Nick's colourful case load. The lack of wellbeing provision for ASB officers (and front line housing staff in general) is woefully lacking and this is evident here as Nick pulls no punches in describing how the job affects him personally. The book highlights humour as a coping mechanism, frustrations at people, partners and processes, and a desire to see lives changed which any good ASB officer has in equal measure (while the drug history and excessive drinking is not my experience!). it also articulates well the sad predicaments people are in due to poverty, trauma, poor education and loneliness. I really recommend this book, however, I think it could make my friends still working in ASB cry at the helplessness of their's and their tenants'realities of trying to work in a very broken system. If you've ever suffered ASB and felt you "got no help from Housing", this book might give an insight into how your ASB officer most likely tried to deal with it behind the scenes, and how, at times, were as frustrated as you. This book contains lots of swearing - partly a reality of the job, partly because it evidences Nick's exhaustion/own use of language. Not everyone can work in ASB, so maybe this book isn't for everyone; and while Nick explains that the Judges hearing the ASB cases have little idea of the realities of life in some (not all) social and council housing, perhaps this book might make a handy Christmas present for any you may know!

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Spectacular

I listened to this because I’ve worked in and around this industry, but not for years. It’s a fantastic insight into what goes on in what is a fantastically misunderstood job.

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beyond honest

The narration sounds flat in the beginning but after the first f bomb and gag you get it. This is such an honest tell all of the life of a ASB Officer. i havnt been one but i lived in the areas and know the people he is talking about. the incite into the authors personal struggles is the gem of this book. must read

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A fascinating and invaluable insight into the work of an ASB officer

Just brilliant. Nick and people like him should be right at the front of the queue when it comes to informing Government policy. His experience and understanding shine through in this book. A must read/listen.

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First hand account of how bad it's got

Having first hand experience of the failing mental health services in the UK I was pleased someone who was confronted with the issues worsened by these failings everyday showed compassion. Brilliantly written and narrated.