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Cop on the Tyne [Paperback]

Arthur McKenzie
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The People's History (30 Nov 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 1902527747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902527741
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,103,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapter one: From War baby to Wor baby 15 Mar 2004
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A darza read! 11 Aug 2010
I would love to meet this man to talk to him about his life and memories.It is easy to forget the real work that police do - the heartbreaking,tragic and dangerous work which saves lives and bridges life and death.You have to admire him,his memories are so crystal clear and he was so brave. I come from Newcastle so this book is relevant to me,but every young person should read this instead of studying citizenship - the message is so strong.In my top ten best books ever.
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