Blue: A Memoir was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (@wnbooks) on May 25th 2017.
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 )
‘An honest look at the vulnerability that comes with bravery‘ (Independent)
‘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 )
‘Brave and very honest‘ (Bear Grylls)
‘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 superb book by a superb police officer’ (Charles Cumming)
‘It is rare for an officer to reveal such deep, personal experiences about the effect policing has had on his life as does John Sutherland. His memoir will expand people’s understanding of what it means to be a police officer in Britain today, revealing the truth about the toll that a career in policing can have on those tasked with the responsibility of tackling crime. This is a brave and compelling account of policing from a very senior officer in the most renowned police force in the world’ (Colin Taylor, author of Life of a Scilly Sergeant )