This book is a mixture of light-hearted reading about a policeman's actual life on Tyneside in the 60s and 70s and the grim reality of life as a policeman at any time having to deal with deaths and the seamier side of life.
Author, Arthur McKenzie, gives his account of life as a policeman in and around the Newcastle upon Tyne area when his career went from Patrol Officer in Newcastle to Senior Detective in the Regional Crime Squad.
I actually bought this book as a gift for my husband who served in the Wallsend area at about the same time as Arthur McKenzie. He finds the book true-to-life of that time in the police force and a very interesting and informative read.
Not only are there plenty of stories but there are also quite a few interesting photographs of that era that give a nice historical slant. As well as one or two photographs of North Shields in the 1920s there are also photographs taken in Guyzance and Warkworth, Northumberland, at that same time. There are also quite a few interesting photographs which were taken in the 60s and 70s in Newcastle itself.
The book makes me smile at times because of the humour: chapter one titled "From War Baby To Wor Baby" and comments from Arthur's colleagues at the time have a definite Geordie ring to them (although not - thank goodness - written in exaggerated Geordie).
This book is basically about police life in the 60s and 70s but it is still relevant in some ways to police life today. And Arthur McKenzie proves to be a very good story-teller of life in that era.