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Bobby on the Beat [Paperback]

Pamela Rhodes
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Book Description

25 April 2013

Pamela Rhodes, one of the first British policewomen, tells her fascinating story in Bobby on the Beat.

Back in 1950 Pam became one of the first policewomen in the country. But the force's new female recruits faced a sceptical public in rural Yorkshire and even before they stepped out on the beat there were the prejudices of older male officers to overcome.

Yet from the first Pam was thrust into the front line. From runaway bulls to investigating ladies of the night and cases of vice, her innocent eyes were quickly opened. And soon, spending her days on the streets, she came to know the neighbourhood and the extraordinary characters who lived on the right, as well as wrong, side of the law.

In the charming Bobby on the Beat, Pamela Rhodes's tales of life as a copper provide a fascinating glimpse of country life now long gone - when seeing a bobby on the beat meant all was well.

Pamela Rhodes lives in Scarborough, where she was one of the first WPCs in Britain in the 1960s. Her unique story was picked up when she entered the life-story competition run by Penguin and Saga Magazine, in which she placed as a runner-up. This is her first memoir.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405909463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405909464
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela Rhodes was one of the two runners-up in the hugely popular Penguin and Saga magazine life-story competition, beating over 5000 other entrants to place in the top three. She continues to live in Scarborough where she was one of the first WPCs in the country, and this is her first book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby on the beat 27 May 2013
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A refreshing read from my wonderful county.
I just couldn't put this book down, it took me no time at all to finish it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 22 Oct 2013
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I joined the police in 1972 but this book was a joy - well written, nostalgic but honest, true to life - really did enjoy it - brought back many memories - ending a little disappointing - went out like a damp squib but up to last few pages, gripping and one of the few books I have kept - will certainly read it again, something that I rarely do...it's brill....can highly recommend - Squirrel 59 - Tues 22.10.13
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4.0 out of 5 stars Books form casual reading 17 July 2013
By dot
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I have have found the two books I have read so far pleasant and enjoyable to read while relaxing in the sun. Sometimes when reading more seriu books one finds them very hard to get back into when having to keep putting them up and down but his type of book I am finding very easy to stop and start reading while I am having a bad time health wise at present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby on the beat 15 July 2014
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This book brought back many memories as an ex WPCy in Yorkshire in the fifties, I throuhly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby on the beat. 30 Jun 2014
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Very enjoyable read worth every star I gave it, this the first book of Pam Rhodes that ive read and it captivated me from the first page, a real good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really easy read, very quaint! 9 April 2014
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Gentle entertainment and made me smile but felt it finished too quickly with an abrupt ending, made me realise how far we have come in a short time
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating 5 April 2014
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Easy to read, no concentration required so a good one for on the plane or the beach but therein lies the problem. None of the threads in the tale lead anywhere. Pamela starts to tell you about one of the experiences that she had then just says something like "and I never saw them again." Perhaps that sums up being a WPC in the day but left me feeling really frustrated that nothing seemed to be closed off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 16 Feb 2014
By goldie
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It is very good reading, very interesting and entertaing, if you where around in the 50's your love it, but it now
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