If you want to know what it was really like to be a policeman in a large working-class area of Sheffield during the 1960s and 1970s then Martyn Johnson's memories provide us with a superb insight of the twilight era of the 'beat bobby'. Centred on Attercliffe and Darnall, we meet a host of colourful characters, lovable (and not so lovable) rogues and a rich variety of incidents and events that could not have been imagined even by the most creative of fiction writers. But they are all true. Read about amazing traffic accidents, impromptu fights, antics of burglars and thieves, 'domestics', a dreadful house fire, a dead horse that moved, a lost peacock, suicides and suspicious deaths, mortuary training, and even UFO's.
Along the way we meet a host of lovely people that made up an almost forgotten and fading part of old Sheffield; and a few visitors too, including the great Brazilian footballer Pele. At times hilarious, occasionally sad, but never dull, this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in our recent social history.
Martyn became a popular author after retiring from the police force and his first book, “What’s Tha Up To – memories of a Yorkshire Bobby”, has appeared on the Sunday Times Bestseller list and he... [read full review]The Garstand Courier
Martyn Johnson and I are about the same age, (just the wrong side of sixty), and both joined the police in the mid-1960’s. He walked a beat and kept the peace in Sheffield;I walked a... [read full review]David Gilbertson QPM, BSc(Econ), MBIM Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Scotland Yard (retired 2001)
“…there has been so much demand for the former Attercliffe beat bobby’s heartwarming anecdotes there is already a reprint in progress… And the book has been given a ‘uniform’ five stars by reviewers on Amazon’s... [read full review]The Star, 30th Aug 2011
Once I picked it up I had difficulty putting it down; I can't say that about many books but it was certainly the case with this one. There are many parts that will make... [read full review]Peter Spencer, The Searcher
Many of his stories made me laugh as did some that made me sad. His down to earth and open narrative makes this an easily readable book.
A highly readable and... [read full review]Police History Society- Chris Forester
The books is really a collection of short stories, some humorous, some tragic, some ironic and some amazing but all of which reflect the thoughts, feelings and emotions of the author as he dealt with... [read full review]Tony Murray- Former Chief Inspector- South Yorkshire Police- Barnsley Eye
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About Martyn Johnson
Martyn Johnson was born at Darfield, the son of a coal miner. Leaving school at the age of fifteen, his first job was as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police Force where he served as a 'beat bobby' until 1969. A two-year spell in CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years. Passionate about local history, Martyn is a well-known metal detector and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby.
A long-time resident of Wentworth village, he also assisted and advised Catherine Bailey when she was researching her best selling book, Black Diamonds.
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