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Michael Fuller had an idyllic childhood growing up in care in Surrey, looked after by Margaret, who gave him the love and comfort his biological mother never did. He loved to ride his bike and collect coins and stamps and grew up celebrating the freedom of 1960s Britain. But when he was nine, a local paper described him as the 'coloured boy' in his school production. It was the first time Michael felt judged based on the colour of his skin.

Thirty-six years later, Michael became Britain's first ever black Chief Constable.

That moment taught Michael he would always be searching for a place to belong. Hoping to tackle injustice and create change from within, he joined the police force but experienced racism and inequality. From colleagues shouting racist insults into his office, to the Brixton Riots where 'Kill the black one first!' was yelled from the crowds. Determined, despite everything, not to turn and walk away, he rose through the ranks and made his way to the very top. A Search for Belonging is a story of resilience, persistence and optimism, of how one man set out, against the odds, to try to belong.

Includes an exclusive interview with the author.

This audiobook was originally published under the title Kill the Black One First.

©2019 Michael Fuller (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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I listened to this book over a weekend could not stop. It was awesome and caused me to reflect.

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Awesome

A must read! Resilience. Tenacity. Grit. I’m recommending this book to everyone I know. Awesomely brilliant.

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Amazing!

A brilliant biography of success through tremendous struggle. I was particularly inspired by his discipline.

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a struggle for equality for the enforcers of law.

narrated very well. a very candid account of one man's desire to succeed despite all the odds.

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Micheal Fuller - Kill The Black One First

This was an amazing book with a great story and book about keeping hopeful and keep on moving forward. You might not get the best start in life but that does not shape your future. Talks about the diversity and issue with race in the 1970s and Fuller stop up for what he believed and always carried himself in the correct. A great role model and a good read.

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Love it!

Couldn't put it down . Honest and objective account of institutional racism from inside one of our principal institutions.

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Such an interesting man!

Brilliant book. Should be compulsory in schools- particularly some of the examples where Mr Fuller stops to assess how he is going to react. Inspirational.

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Best book I've read all year

Absolutely loved it! best book I've read all year. Perhaps because I relate alot with Michaels story very moving and encouraging. Thank you Michael for sharing your story.

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An important piece of social history

This is also a great story of an individual punching above their weight and overcoming the low expectations stuck on to them. if the book wasn't so interesting and well read and only inspired others to aim high, persist and fight against the odds, it would still be very valuable

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Chip the size of Wales on his shoulder!

I loved the first half of this book. I was rooting for him all the way. The first half is a 5 star listen. So why did I only give it 2 stars? The second half is all self promotion and whining about racism. Yes, I get that he had some great ideas about policing and his life was tough at times. BUT back then women in the Police had it very tough too. They were belittled and ridiculed and had to bite their tongues and put up with sexist treatment that was just plain out of order. Yes, things are different now because there are more of them. Stuff still happens though - look at the Timothy Brehmer case recently. He got away with so much because he was good at his job and 'one of the lads'. The constant whining spoiled the book for me and I had to take a break before I could listen to the rest. Then I stuck it on 1.5 speed so at least it would be over quicker.