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Martyn Johnson
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19 July 2012

'Many times I heard people say that you'll have no friends if you're a policeman. How wrong they were. If you were right with them, they were right with you.'

PC Martyn Johnson is back on the beat with more hilarious and heart-warming stories from the golden age of policing. With his nose for trouble and a knack for mischief, there's no such thing as a quiet shift for the friendly Yorkshire bobby - from drunken dogs and runaway horses to high-speed chases after Burglar Bill, there's always something to keep him busy and always another troublemaker to put to rights. And with a cuppa-tea stop and a familiar face on every corner of his beat, he's never far from a friend.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549645
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martyn Johnson is an Author, Metal Detectorist and Historian. He lives in the beautiful village of Wentworth in South Yorkshire. He was born in Darfield, some five and a half miles north east of Wentworth and is the son of a coal miner. He left school at the age of fifteen and took up employment as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police where he served as a 'beat bobby' at Attercliffe in the east end of Sheffield, until 1969. A two year spell in the CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years. Martyn is a well known metal detectorist and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby with his big, big pal the late Tony Capstick who was a well known and loved radio presenter and actor. Martyn,being a long-time resident of Wentworth village, assisted and advised Catherine Bailey when she was researching her best selling book, Black Diamonds.

Martyn has recently released his memoirs entitled 'What's tha up to - Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby'. The book details his life as a 'beat bobby' in a large working-class area of Sheffield during the 1960s and 1970s. In only three months this best selling book has already gone to reprint and is receiving excellent reviews from as far afield as Canada, Australia and the USA. His book is full of humour and some amazing true life stories

Martyn and his wife Christine have just published a book, which is a post card history of Wentworth Village. It is a fascinating insight of the history and events in this beautiful village over the last 100 years. It is simply called Wentworth.

Martyn is a born raconteur, local historian, author and has some interesting stories to tell! By popular request he is currently working on a follow up to What's tha up to. He cannot believe that people love his first book and he expected it to be just an interesting insight for his grandchildren to read. He was taken aback by the lovely comments he has received from people who have bought and read it.


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More charming tales from bobby-on-the-beat Martyn Johnson

From the Back Cover

'Many times I heard people say that you'll have no friends if you're a policeman. How wrong they were. If you were right with them, they were right with you.'

PC Martyn Johnson is back on the beat with more hilarious and heart-warming stories from the golden age of policing. With his nose for trouble and a knack for mischief, there's no such thing as a quiet shift for the friendly Yorkshire bobby - from drunken dogs and runaway horses to high-speed chases after Burglar Bill, there's always something to keep him busy and always another troublemaker to put to rights. And with a cuppa-tea stop and a familiar face on every corner of his beat, he's never far from a friend.

Praise for Martyn Johnson

'A wonderful slice-of-life autobiography . . . vividly atmospheric' Daily Express


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Cracker! 11 Nov 2011
By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
What's Tha Up To Nah? is not a sequel or a follow on from Martyn Johnson's first book, but more stories from the same era. Yet again his humour and compassion for other people and his love for the city of Sheffield shine through each story. Martyn Johnson is a born story teller and the reader is soon captured up and taken back to the days of the bobby on the beat, police boxes, a clip round the ear and respect for the local copper.

Like his first book, this one contains some incredibly funny stories and some extremely sad and heart breaking recollections too. From dealing with the death of a small boy who has been run over to the suspected shoplifter with a pocket full of combs, Martyn Johnson could adjust himself to any situation, handling each one with care and sympathy, and sometimes with the back of his hand!
The city of Sheffield and it's people are the main stars of his stories and whilst the city may have changed dramatically since the days that Martyn walked the beat, the people and the humour are still there.
I hope that Martyn Johnson has more stories to tell and that he will continue to share them with readers for a few more books yet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done PC Johnson 18 Jan 2012
By batman
Format:Paperback
Having thoroughly enjoyed Martyns first trip down the cliffe in whats tha up to ? where common sense ,compassion and a genuine desire to look after our streets prevailed, i eagerly awaited his next installment, hoping for more of the same humerous and heartwarming tales from what seems a lifetime ago. Having read whats tha up to nah ? i am pleased to inform all you nostalgia fans that PC Johnson has delivered superbly another cracker of a read continuing seamlessly from book one with a batch of new characters and stories.Some happy, some sad but all engrossing.I hope Martyn will treat us to a third installment soon, but for now stand down PC656 and take some leave.... but not for too long eh?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia perfected 27 Dec 2011
By randj
Format:Paperback
Martyn's follow up memories take us back to a time before some of us had a telephone, let alone a mobile. When a high speed chase meant running faster than the reprobate you were trying to catch. His homely style makes easy reading and made me long for a time when things seemed so much more straight forward and tweets were thing you heard early in the morning on your way to school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feed back was great. 10 July 2014
By MH
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Given as a present I can only comment on the feed back I have received from recipient, which was brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't puy this book down 20 April 2014
By joan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
excellent true down to earth account of a police officer doing a job and being allowed to use his common sense . j jenkinson x police officer
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S THA UP TO NAH BY MARTYN Johnson 8 Mar 2014
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A brilliant entertaining read simple and a piece of history too.
I would surly recommend it and I will read the others from this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 25 Jan 2014
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I got the first book,what's tha up to in the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is no exception,if the stories are true what a great man,and a great story teller can't wait for book 3.well done martyn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 12 Jan 2014
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As a retired police man I recognised many of the incidents and stories.A most entertaining read,and made me laugh out loud .Thanks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was bought as a gift for a friend, who enjoyed reading reading the book.
I would recommend this book
Published 6 months ago by Catharine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
Great book, gentle humour, great characters, a hark back to plain common sense approach to life, I would recommend his next book too.
Published 6 months ago by Dawn Poulter
5.0 out of 5 stars What's tha up to Nah
A really good and relaxing read from a working (or former) working beat bobby of a past era, pre radio days when the job called for quick 'on the feet' thinking . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dave Jenkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy humourous read.
Truly loved this. Proper nostalgic memories of the early sixties when I was a nurse in Sheffield. Good old days.
Published 7 months ago by petunia
2.0 out of 5 stars A boring , slow moving book
I found the book boring, very slow moving, and not written in an interesting manner.I didn't bother to finish it.
Published 7 months ago by SLR
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
could not put this book down,another great book by this autor and a great read.would recommend this book to anyone
Published 9 months ago by Thomas Hinchcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheffield beat officer
Good entertaining read. A book that all ex Police Officers will be able to relate to. When a copper was respected by majority of the public.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is brillant could not put it down, some great hummor but also some very moving stories this is a must read book.
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne Muncaster
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