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.
"A superb book by a superb police officer." (Charles Cumming)
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By Frank on 30-05-17
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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