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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books (16 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781320667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781320662
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Girl Cop' really captures the essence of that early 90s Police Station life. A.C.C. Olivia Pinkney // Sandy Osborne's 'Girl Cop' is a must read for the summer. Ceri, Chick Lit Reviews and News // Osborne captures the scenes perfectly and the reader can't help but become immersed in Sally's struggles fitting into a male-dominated career. - Elizabeth Walker, migmag.co.uk (affiliated with Lancaster University) //

About the Author

Sandy is a serving police officer. She began her career as a PE teacher but soon traded her hockey stick for a truncheon and has recently received her twenty year Police Long Service and Good Conduct Award. When her local paper printed an unflattering picture of her in a charity marathon, Sandy felt compelled to respond with an amusing account of her training programme. This led to regular contributions and a taste of national publications. Her writing has never stopped. Girl Cop is a drama based on real events in the British Police Force. Sandy lives in the West Country with her husband and two sons. She enjoys tennis, rugby and still keeps up her first love of gymnastics - proudly demonstrating back flips and the splits to amazed friends.

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By KLH on 15 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a good read! The story had a good balance of humour and serious notes. It gave a realistic description of being a female in a male dominated career and how difficult it is to fit in with the group when you're the odd one out. It started to slow down a bit in the middle and I wasn't sure where the story was headed, but it picked up towards the end. Definitely a heart-warming ending! If you're looking for a good, interesting story, this is it.
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Not usually a chick-lit reader, I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I was rooting for the heroine from the first sentence (great opening line, by the way!)Her navigation through tricky times towards a happy ending made for a very satisfying and diverting read. It was also fascinating to find out about life behind the scenes in a 1990s police station from one who had gathered her experience at first hand. I really liked the wider setting, which was Bath, a city I know well, so this book worked well on lots of levels for me

This was an impressive and competent first novel and I hope this will be the first of many books to come from Sandy Osborne. It's the sort of book you want to tell your friends about and buy as birthday or Christmas presents. If all chick-lit books were like this, I might start reading more in that genre!

Gorgeous presentation too - just love that cover, which will look very nice on my bookshelf!
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I like books. I like pretty books. But for a book to make it from shelf to bedside table, it has to have more than just good looks going for it. Needless to say, Girl Cop's combination of classic 'chick lit' cover and 'chick lit with a twist' content meant it more than earnt its place bedside.

PC Sally is a mixture of the women we all are - sometimes unsure of herself, occasionally the odd one out, but with a warmth and feistiness we should probably all show a bit more often. Most importantly she is a believeable character and, as the story develops, this becomes more and more important. If we didn't see Sally's genuine and vulnerable side we wouldn't care about the tough times she goes through and certainly wouldn't root for a happy ending.

There were some laugh out loud moments and I particularly enjoyed being reminded of the challenges of dating in a pre-Facebook/Twitter/text era; younger readers certainly wouldn't LOL so much if they had to date '90s style!. There were also some very touching scenes - no spoilers here I promise but you get a sense of what a difficult job policing is.

Overall, a great first novel. I hope Girl Cop will be back on the beat soon as I, for one, would like to read more.
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A very entertaining read with a great insight into surviving in a male dominated environment.

The heroine, Sally Gentle arrives at her new station as a rookie 'rookie'. Confident of her training, but stumbling at first in the everyday reality, Sally claws her way up the pecking order and gains respect. But it's a slow old road and she's never sure she's going to make it. Soft-hearted and compassionate, Sally is damned if she's going to let it show. She gathers her grit and gets on with things, dealing with mickey-taking, the station bully and gruff colleagues. And there's the emotional rough road in respect of the devastating Alex...

I smiled a lot and laughed out loud in some places, but apart from enjoying a good read, I was left with a sense of how tough being a police officer could be.
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This is a wonderfully satisfying love story, interwoven with the everyday experiences of a young policewoman at the start of her career. Having no experience of the world of policing, I found the real-life excerpts highly intriguing, amusing and horrifying all at once; I now have a new-found admiration for all female police officers! As the story of Sally's life builds, you realise how fragile yet strong her character is. By the end, you find yourself wishing there was a sequel.
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Girl Cop is an extremely well written and engaging story that is both moving and extremely funny. The characters are believable and is exactly the sort of story that you envisage seeing on TV. Unputdownable, it is the perfect Christmas read and I give it the highest possible recommendation - don't hesitate, buy it now!
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. A real page turner. Only took 2 days (would have been less if it hadn't been for X Factor!!)Interesting and funny tales of life in the police force. Laughed out loud and also had a tear. Well done to the author on her first novel.
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Although I felt this story unfolded rather slowly to begin with, the pace and my interest increased as I read on. And I'm glad I stuck with it.
Sally Gentle is an appealing character and I found myself rooting for her all the way. The story details her struggles to settle in to life as a policewoman in Bath in the early 1990s. Things are tough for a while, but she gradually settles into the job and finds romance along the way.
I thought that the character of Sally was skillfully drawn and it was refreshing to have a novel like this set in the police force. The sexism Sally encounters was believable and well portrayed. I could sympathise with her as she struggled to deal with the bullying she faced. The characters had depth to them and I particularly liked the character of Sally's uncle who was so good to her over the years and made such a difference to her life.
I think it could have been pacier at the beginning to draw me in a bit faster, but all in all it was a good read.
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