Blue: A Memoir

Blue: A Memoir was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (@wnbooks) on May 25th 2017.

Blue: A Memoir Book Cover

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 searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.

A Handful of Reviews

‘A stark account of a talented police officer’s breakdown . . . This is a startlingly honest book and the final two chapters are heartbreaking‘ (Richard Morrison The Times)

‘I read Blue more or less in one sitting. I thought it was wonderful – very powerful, deeply moving and utterly honest‘ (Henry Marsh, bestselling author of Do No Harm and Admissions )

‘This is a remarkable book: a diary which became a magnum opus on belief and success, on depression and despair. It is well written and intellectually demanding, profound and deeply moving. In places, it is funny; everywhere, it is thoughtful. It has as much to tell us about mental illness as it does about policing. And there is much love in it: for friends, for family, for life’ (Alastair Stewart)

‘An honest look at the vulnerability that comes with bravery‘ (the i)

‘The effect of this honesty is to leave us both more appreciative of police officers and more concerned for their well-being, as well as encouraged that such a compassionate man was promoted so vertiginously. He describes police work as “fulfilling, humbling, inspiring, daunting, shattering, rewarding and soul-stirring” which is also a fair description of his book’ (Josh Raymond Times Literary Supplement)

‘A remarkable, honest account of twenty years in policing’ (Sophy Ridge, journalist and broadcaster)

Blue is a remarkable, revealing and inspiring insight into the worlds of the police and the policed. The stories told are by turns heart-warming and saddening, moving and maddening – it is an account of the very best and the very worst of our society. It is a book which should be required reading for all who aspire to public office, in any sector and at every level’ (John Nichol, bestselling author of Tornado Down )

Courageous and moving‘ (Tom Harper, Sunday Times Home Affairs Correspondent)

Admirably honest and movingly human . . . Sutherland asks us to look behind the faceless blue and see the individual people – “human and humane” . . . the everyday heroes and heroines who police our streets’ (P.F. King The Spectator)

‘A fascinating, powerful and beautifully written insight into the life of a police officer’ (Dan Walker, journalist and broadcaster)

You can order your copy now from Amazon in hardback or ebook.



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