A charming tale of a year in the life of a serial 'pointless project' addict. Written with a warmth and depth, interspresed with humorous childhood memories, witty recollections of military service and unorthodox observations on life.
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