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The Accidental Copper
The Accidental Copper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best of its genre I have ever read, 1 Jun. 2016
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This is a superb book, one of the best of its genre I have ever read. I understand every single one of his frustrations with top management having spent over 26 years in the prison service enduring pretty much the same crap of recycled failed initiatives, meaningless targets, and stifling political correctness.
Mr Papaleo's book should be read by those who want to know what modern policing is really like, particularly potential recruits!

Paul Laxton


The Corridor of Certainty
The Corridor of Certainty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly gripping and at times harrowing. His cancer almost overshadowed the cricket... Not what you'd expect from Geoffrey, 25 Jan. 2016
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Utterly gripping. I don't think I've ever read a more harrowing account of cancer treatment. Mr Boycott defended his life as he defended his wicket. So typical of the man. As ever his insights into the game spare no-one and long may we hear him articulate his views.


Touched by Greatness: The Story of Tom Graveney, England's Much-Loved Cricketer
Touched by Greatness: The Story of Tom Graveney, England's Much-Loved Cricketer
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for your bookshelf, 25 Jan. 2016
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Terrific book not just on the cricket but the insights it gives into the social order before the baby boomers overthrew it. I only ever saw Tom Graveney on TV but I can still picture the cover drive in my head. Now only Neil Harvey survives from the two sides that contested the 1953 series. Thankfully publication of this book preceded his death.


Not for Queen and Country: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Life as a British Soldier
Not for Queen and Country: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Life as a British Soldier

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, literate and enlightening, 25 Jan. 2016
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Thank God for a book about a squaddie's life which isn't full of machismo. Any youngster thinking of joining might like to read this.


Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King: His Life, His People, and His Legacy
Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King: His Life, His People, and His Legacy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Totally forensic, 25 Jan. 2016
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A very thorough book on one of England's lesser known monarchs. Dr Corbet's book is exceptionally demanding on the concentration but well worth the effort. Best suited to readers with a forensic eye for detail particularly as regards the hideously complex family links.


Last in the Tin Bath: The Autobiography
Last in the Tin Bath: The Autobiography
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5.0 out of 5 stars Socially as well as sportingly insightful, 25 Jan. 2016
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A top, top book, not just for its clear insights into the game but also for the window it opens on northern working class life for the baby boomer generation as they grew up. No self respecting home sports library would be complete without it.


Stumps & Runs & Rock 'n' Roll: Sixty Years Beyond a Boundary
Stumps & Runs & Rock 'n' Roll: Sixty Years Beyond a Boundary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down, 25 Jan. 2016
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Its a familiar formula but nevertheless its an enjoyable romp through the years. As ever Tim Quelch is hard to put down.


Life in Strangeways - From Riots to Redemption, My 32 Years Behind Bars
Life in Strangeways - From Riots to Redemption, My 32 Years Behind Bars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling memoir from a complex man, 25 Jan. 2016
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A compelling memoir from a complex man. His book says as much about the system as it does about him. Alan Lord shows that there can be redemption and rehabilitation after a life sentence and that in the end understandable bitterness can be positively channelled.


In Pursuit of the Truth
In Pursuit of the Truth
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb expose of what passes for leadership culture... It should be on the curriculum at Bramshill., 25 Jan. 2016
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Probably the best police memoir I have read since the late Sir Robert Mark's "In the Office of Constable," some 35 years ago. This is a terrific story of one man's battle against the culture of secrecy and arse covering that passes for leadership and management in the public sector. Mr Driscoll discovered, as I did in the prison service, that the higher you climb the more corrupt the culture, and the more they seek to marginalise those who speak out and challenge the prevailing orthodoxy. This book should be compulsory reading for all new police recruits and on the curriculum at Bramshill.


A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book. I particularly appreciated the emphasis on the ..., 23 July 2015
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An excellent book. I particularly appreciated the emphasis on the development of parliament in giving counterweight to one of England's strongest and determined kings.


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