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W&N Memoir HB May £16.99 288pp 978 1 474 60605 9 eBook: £16.99 / 978 1 474 60607 3 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 1 7167 6 / 10 hrs

‘Blue is a remarkable, revealing and inspiring insight into the worlds of the police and the policed’ – John Nichol, bestselling author of Tornado Down

JOHN SUTHERLAND Blue: A Memoir Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces


a searingly honest memoir of the uplifting highs and crushing lows of a life spent policing on the front line.

John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, he worked across the capital, experiencing first-hand the enormous satisfaction as well as the endless trauma that a life in blue can bring.

There were remarkable, career-defining moments: saving lives and helping to take dangerous people off the streets. But for every case with a happy ending, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, and in early 2013 John suffered a major breakdown and consequent battle with crippling depression.

Blue is a memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of laughter and loss, of the best and the worst of humanity, of serious illness and slow recovery. With startling honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.

John sutherland is a father of three, who lives with his wife and children in south London. For the best part of twenty-five years, he has served as a Metropolitan Police Officer. Over the course of his career, in which he has been awarded several commendations, he has worked in seven different London boroughs, in a variety of different ranks and roles. John can be found on Twitter and Wordpress as ‘policecommander’. Blue is his first book.


Location: Clapham, London T: @policecommander

W&N Non-fiction • May 2017