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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848766858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848766853
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Donoghue never set out to be to be a writer ... he wanted to be a sailor ...and a soldier ...and a policeman.

When he left school, he ran away to sea ...or more accurately, caught the train and joined the Royal Navy. After six years on the high seas, he transferred to the Army, serving Queen and Country throughout the Cold War.

However, when it began to thaw, he took this as my cue to move on. Leaving the army as a Captain, he joined an international security organisation, although it was more budgets and spread-sheets than James Bond and Pussy Galore.

Bored, and in search of more fun and excitement, he handed back his company car, expense account and keys to the executive toilets and joined the police force where he is currently a serving police officer.


He has written three books.

'Police, Crime & 999' covers a year in his life as a front line response officer.

'Police, Lies & Alibis' is the follow up, following the further adventures of 'E' shift.

"We are the cops who respond initially to the 999 (911) calls with the blue lights flashing and sirens blaring. It's your all access view behind the scenes of what REALLY happens in the police."

Both police books have won the coveted People's Book Awards - voted for by members of the public.

Genre: Humour, True crime, Autobiography

'Shakespeare My Butt!' is the tale of his military service on land and sea, how he played Moses to the dog world with 'The Ten Commandments of Dog' and finally, his odyssey around the bizarre named places in Britain - towns and villages with names such as 'No Place', 'Pity Me', 'Wetwang' and 'Twatt'.

Genre: Humour, Military, Travel, Autobiography (NOTE: make sure you get the updated version with Che Sweep on the cover)

It was infamously described in a review as 'Bill Bryson on magic mushrooms'.

John is on twitter @JohnDonoghue64


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About the Author

John Donoghue served as a commissioned officer in both the Royal Navy and British Army before a successful career as a consultant, advising on some of the country's highest security sites. In search of new adventure, John then joined the police where he is currently a serving officer.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T2CXX on 22 Feb 2013
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I decided to read this off the back of other reviews and comments from twitter. I am so glad I did. This book is full of fun and laughter and in some cases a real eye opener into what our fine Police force face each and every day.

If you need a giggle, then this will provide many.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shane Butler on 24 Feb 2013
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Police Crime & 999 gives an absolutely hilarious insight into the side of modern policing often not reported with fantastic tales behind the blaring sirens of rushing police cars and the hands on side of policing. From a crowd drunken travellers hellbent on robbing a dead body to a mother with the most amazing threat ever to a bold child you will be bent over with laughter from the very first page.

Unputdownable!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Matt Rogers on 31 July 2011
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This book is a real classic. It's funny, addictive and insightful. The stories will make you laugh out loud and you will spend most of your time trying to read segments of the narrative to your nearest and dearest as it's too good not to pass on. A great book for anyone - you don't need to be intrigued by the workings of the police to love reading it but, if you are, there is plenty of juicy detail which is presented in an enjoyable and easy to read way. The wittiest yarn I have read for a very, very long time.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By tomsboxers on 2 Jun 2012
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An entertaining twist of life in the thin blue line. Everything from Eyeore to Dracula, from dogs to custody suites. The fun times and the hard times. It's a book you just want to keep reading, loved every minute. Go out and get this book, it's a crime if you don't.
This book was even funnier after reading it for the second time after finding the little bits I missed the first time.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Zorro on 2 Jun 2012
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This book is perhaps THE best Police based book I have ever read! It is very well written, researched and presented. From the opening chapter to the very last it will have you enthralled, laughing and mesmerised by Policing in todays Society. I gave the book 5 stars and it IS WORTH IT! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to you and at under £4.00 it is, pardon the pun, a steal!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J.M.Tweedie on 30 Jun 2012
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From the very beginning of this hilarious book I was constantly struggling to suppress uncontrollable fits of laughter whilst travelling in crowded trains.
Each chapter is ideally self-contained with a subject of it's own, making it ideal to pick up and put down at whim.
Who knew a career in the police force was so entertaining, almost made me think of switching jobs until I came to a chapter that turned my stomach to say the least. I wouldn't like to be the one to clean those cells!

A truly funny and fascinating insight into the ups and downs of a policeman's day.

I now have the utmost respect for the difficult job that our police force has to do, especially under difficult staffing circumstances and having to deal with the most difficult elements of society imaginable. Well done!

I can't wait for the sequel.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Caz Hartshorne on 7 Dec 2012
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I bought this book as a Christmas 'extra' for my son but then made the mistake of reading the 'Introduction'... I actually found myself laughing out loud.. I mean, really, think about it, when did you last read a book that had you audibly laughing within a couple of minutes.. hmmm ok.. so maybe its just got a funny intro, I'll give it that.. though perhaps I should read the first page or two..
Before I knew it, the housework became a quick flick around with the duster while spraying the polish into the air (don't judge, you've all done it).. followed by hoovering up the worst bits.. putting jacket spuds into the oven and falling back onto the sofa to carry on reading... Christmas shopping was put on hold.. I'm a Celebrity took a backseat and even facebook and twitter became neglected while I continued to read on..
Do I really need to emphasize further how much I enjoyed this book? no, I think you get the point..
I do however, highly recommend "Police, Crime & 999" by John Donoghue, to anyone blessed with a lively sense of humour..
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mim Moy on 21 May 2012
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This book had me laughing out loud on a flight which prompted some really odd looks from people around me! My husband heard snippets of it as I couldn't resist telling him some of the funniest bits and will read it again and again. A really refreshing lift when you're feeling a bit low.
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