More by accident than judgement, and utterly unprepared, Tom Ratcliffe embarks on a career as a police officer. Within weeks of joining he is dealing with some very unsavoury and untrustworthy characters - and that's just his fellow officers. A born storyteller, he paints a glorious portrait of aspects of life and humanity that lie hidden from mainstream society, and introduces colleagues and their experiences with enormous humour and compassion. From the Corfield family, who wouldn't do a day's honest work if their lives depended on it, to the little matters inside the police station - such as the advice given to an inspector who wanted to microwave two pork pies - 'Pork eh?' said Donald. 'Have to be careful it's cooked properly. Give 'em about fifteen minutes on high, I would'. Life is considered alternately from inside and outside the police, allowing the reader to stand alongside the author in some parts, and look in at a safe distance from the 'normal' world in others. Readers from every walk of life will find this book amusing, fascinating and moving as they either nod sagely in agreement, throw their hands up in horror, or laugh helplessly out loud as Tom's story unfolds. Read this and you will never look at your fellow human beings in the same light again.

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