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Blue: A Memoir Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces

John Sutherland

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Memoirs, True crime, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction, Police & security services, Popular medicine & health

A searingly honest memoir of the uplifting highs and crushing lows of a life spent policing on the front line

A Sunday Times top-five bestseller

'This is a remarkable book . . . profound and deeply moving . . . It has as much to tell us about mental illness as it does about policing' Alastair Stewart

John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, he experienced all that is extraordinary about a life in blue: saving lives, finding the lost, comforting the broken and helping to take dangerous people off the streets. But for every case with a happy ending, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, and in 2013 John suffered a major breakdown.

Blue is his memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.

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

  • A stark account of a talented police officer's breakdown . . . This is a startlingly honest book and the final two chapters are heartbreaking - The Times

  • I read Blue more or less in one sitting. I thought it was wonderful - very powerful, deeply moving and utterly honest

  • An honest look at the vulnerability that comes with bravery - Independent

  • Admirably honest and movingly human - The Spectator

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John Sutherland

John Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor at University College London. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Stephen Spender: The Authorized Biography. He writes regular columns for the Guardian, Financial Times and New Statesman.

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