What's Tha Up To? : Memories of a Yorkshire Bobby, Paperback

What's Tha Up To? : Memories of a Yorkshire Bobby Paperback

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'I've turned boys into men and policemen into coppers,' said the Sergeant. 'Policemen have got brains, but coppers, they've got brains and common sense.' No two days were ever the same for bobby-on-the-beat Martyn Johnson.

Come rain or come shine, he patrolled his patch with a sharp eye for troublemakers and a kind word for those in need of a friend.

Whether he was pursuing unlikely coal thieves, tracking down peacocks gone AWOL or investigating mysterious flying saucers over Sheffield, PC Johnson faced every new challenge with a smile and a healthy dose of his copper's common sense.

In his charming and funny memoir, Martyn Johnson recalls the rogues, cheats and scoundrels - as well as the many friends - who made his life on the beat so unforgettable.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 8pp
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780751547771



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Lovely, easy-to-read memoir by a former police officer in Yorkshire in the 60s. His writing is simple and creates a wonderful picture of how much he loved his job. While he doesn't gloss over the difficulties, neither does he gloss over the beautiful moments he enjoyed and that made, for him, the job a vocation rather than just a paycheck. Some incidents and situations are heartrending and some are laugh-out-loud funny. Definitely worth a read.