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Brought to you by Penguin.

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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Required Reading

Should be compulsory for everyone in politics to read this - read it and understand it!

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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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Honest, funny, thought provoking.

Loved it, not one dull chapter. Highly recommended. My current role mentioned in the book so genuinely resonates so much for me, read this you will learn something it might change how you view people who have been dealt a shittier hand in life than you. Bravo Nick great piece of work.

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A Real Insight to a Difficult Role

The book is written in a humorous way that gives some hard to imagine circumstances. A role that is embroiled in red tape but most people have no understanding of, especially when they're the victim.
The right decision to step away, how you coped as long as you did shows the strength of character you have.

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Fantastic read.

Very eye opening. Deeply honest look at the issues and inequalities effecting the UK today..Great narration and hard hitting stories..

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Fascinating, hilarious, devastating

This is such an important book, which makes how easy it is to listen to all the more impressive. Nick Pettigrew tackles some incredibly difficult subject matter with insight, empathy and deliciously dark humour. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, I devoured this in just two days.

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Loved this book

Both funny and sad. I enjoyed listening to this whilst working from home. Makes me happy and thankful for my own life but very sad for most of the people in this book.

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A Must Read

I liked this book because it is an honest look at a side of society most of us ignore, through the eyes of man whose career it was to deal with them. It’s
Written in diary format and contains some funny content as view points from the author. It also details the impact this work has on the author.

If the author produces another book I would buy it.





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Excellent

I found the author brilliant. Dark humour but backed up with intellectual view points. One story nearly made me cry. It gives you an insight to how others live if you have been sheltered from it. I would love another book from him.