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What's Tha Up To Next? (Paperback)

More Memories of a Yorkshire Bobby

Local History True Crime

By Martyn Johnson
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 177
ISBN: 9781526740946
Published: 3rd July 2018

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Welcome to What’s Tha Up To Next?, the fifth volume of Martyn Johnson’s acclaimed series of stories about policing during the 1960s and 1970s. Whether ‘on the beat’ or ‘as CID’, once again Martyn enthrals, surprises and shocks his readers with
tales set in an almost forgotten era: a veritable Lost World of people, places and phrases in his beloved Sheffield.

This book will focus on Martyn’s latter years as a beat bobby, with more unbelievable true life tales told with Martyn’s wicked sense of humour and candour. As usual, Martyn’s down-to-earth honesty and humour shines through the pages; but he never loses sight of the human condition in all its forms: good, bad, sad and happy.

Once more, a myriad and extraordinary range of characters from Lost Sheffield are brought to life: from real to surreal and naughty to notorious. The antics of Mr Devious Pillock, Mr Crowbar and Mr Housebreaker, alongside the likes of Steve the Spiv and Marilyn Monroe, make a most compelling read; and affection merges with affected in unforgettable cameos about Fred (the Knight of the Road) and ‘Soft Cock’.

In Martyn’s previous book What’s tha up to nah? (reviewed in Newsletter 89), he had been transferred to CID. He didn’t enjoy the change, especially the paperwork, and returned to uniform beat duties. His latest volume starts with a chapter looking back at his inital recruit training at Pannal Ash then covers his later years in the job, back with the public that he wanted to serve. Of course, he still deals with villains, not always successfully, but most of the anecdotes are about honest, law-abiding folk in the Sheffield area. Whether sad or serious, he tells them well and they are worth reading.

Police History Society

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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