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Blue: A Memoir Audiobook

Blue: A Memoir: Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces

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Publisher's Summary

John Sutherland joined the Met Police 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 in London's local neighbourhoods, he worked across the capital, experiencing firsthand the enormous satisfaction as well as the endless trauma that a life in blue can bring. There were remarkable, career-defining moments: reaching out to teenagers travelling along the wrong path, commanding armed sieges, rescuing victims of domestic violence from desperate situations, saving lives, and seeing dangerous people taken off the streets. But for every case that ended well, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, as he bore the responsibility for the safety of hundreds of thousands of Londoners on his shoulders.

In early 2013, whilst working as the Borough Commander for Southwark in South London, John suffered a major breakdown and a consequent battle with crippling depression. After a career spent policing the streets and racing to be first at the scenes 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. It offers an immensely moving and important insight into what it is to be a police officer in 21st-century Britain.

©2017 John Sutherland (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"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, best-selling author of Tornado Down)
"A superb book by a superb police officer." (Charles Cumming)

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    "Excellent and courageous tail of his experience "

    You realise immediately he has high standards and skill recognised by his colleagues. Protecting the public is not only physically hazardous dealing with criminals and the like. Many leave the service before suffering emotionally, broken relationships or like many lesser mortals use alcohol as a legal anaesthetic to numb the stresses of the day to then be dependent on it. An execellent narration giving you an honest analysis i believe of the police service. The stigma of injuries of the mind need to be talk about and treated no more differently than a person recovering from cancer.

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    simon jones 21/09/2017
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    "honest - inspirational - funny/sad Great memoir"

    This book is well worth the listen. I great story of one young man's journey into The Police Force and all the experiences he has during his time in work and outside of it. A great heart warming account how fragile life is.

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    PATRICK L 03/09/2017
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    "As recommended by Henry Marsh"

    Went to an event organised by The Times where Henry Marsh talked about his life as a surgeon. During his talk he mentioned this book. Just finished listening to the audiobook and I'm very glad I took up is recommendation.
    5 star listen.

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    happygolucky 18/07/2017
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    "Beautifully, heartbreakingly well observed"

    As a daughter, wife and mother of police officers I heard many familiar stories here - but the insight of hearing them from another point of view was new...police officers don't tend to tell you what's going on in their heads, I guess if they start they may not be able to stop...
    Well done John for telling it as it is, unpalatable truths and all and thank you Charles for reading it with such feeling and understanding.

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    "Great Book - Respect to the Author"
    What did you like most about Blue: A Memoir?

    The honesty and realisation of what our cops go through on our behalf


    What does Charles Armstrong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great narration - bought about some urgency where necessary


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    "Inspiring"

    A powerful and inspiring memoir...The next time I see a police officer I will make it my duty to thank him for his service.. Every difference no matter how small matters.. Every contact leaves a trace x

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    "Honest and eye opening account"

    Fantastic memoir from a fantastic man. Honest and open from start to finish with interesting yet shocking tales of the life of a police officer, from humble beginnings to high flying yet troubled leader. At no point does Mr Sutherland claim this title for himself but believe me, this is a journey into the life of a hero and the strains that heroism can put on the human mind. Rest up Sir, you've earned it.

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