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Summary

This audiobook was previously published under the title A Search For Belonging.

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. Kill The Black One First is a story of resilience, persistence and optimism; of how one man set out, against the odds, to try and belong.

Includes an exclusive interview with the author. 

©2019 Michael Fuller (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"Absorbing...revealing and affecting. There are pleasures here, and lessons to be learnt, whatever colour you are." (The Sunday Times)

"Michael Fuller is an extraordinary man with a remarkable and interesting story." (Helen Mirren)

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Thank you for sharing

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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Outstanding autobiography

This is an inspirational autobiography of a life of outstanding achievement, against incredible obstacles. The author narrates his own story in a measured and engaging way. I just had to keep on listening and was disappointed when it finished. I'd like to hear more from this author. His resilience and determination are incredible.

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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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Amazing!

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

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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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