Into the Valley
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Into the Valley

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Encouraged by the sizeable pay increase and high divorce rate, Chris Clement-Green decided that answering a recruitment ad for the Thames Valley Police was just the thing for a much-needed overhaul of her life. It was 1984, a time before political correctness, at the height of the miner's strike and in the middle of five years of race riots. Perfect timing. Expanding her police knowledge, her love life, and undeterred by sexist remarks she decided to make her mark, while kissing goodbye to her previous dull and conventional existence. Chris captures the colourful characters and humour in many of the situations she found herself in, but the job had its serious side, too. She was at the centre of a riot in Oxford, during which her life was saved by a young black man she had previously stopped and questioned, and was attacked by a man with mental-health problems who was a consequence of the decision to move `care' into `the community'. Consistently colliding with the effects of Margaret Thatcher's politics; from miner's picket-lines, covering (badly) for striking paramedics during the ambulance dispute to everyday drunken disturbances caused by the haves (Yuppies and Oxford students) and the have-nots (alcoholic homeless and unemployed youth), Chris also tackled sex crimes and abuse. This is an often humorous, always candid and no-holds-barred reflection of the life of a policewoman in the 1980s. Readers are given a personal account of a life in uniform, while touching on the Newbury Bypass demos, the effects of Scarman, the Hungerford Massacre, the bombing of Libya, the AIDS epidemic and working under the notorious Ali Dizaei.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 222g
  • Mirror Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1907324720
  • 9781907324727
  • 29,859

Table of contents

1 New Beginnings 01 2 Once a Rebel... 09 3 It's a Man's World 16 4 The Importance of Being Spoofed 25 5 `Yer Doona Wanna Do That' 41 6 Taking the Rough With the Rough 54 7 Black Man's Wheels 64 8 Domestic Bliss 70 9 Life's a Riot 88 10 Angel Dust Andy 98 11 Driving, Drinking and Discretion 106 12 On Death and Dying 121 13 Big Thief, Little Thief 131 14 All In A Day's Work 146 15 The Ins and Outs of Sex 157 16 Baby Sitters 168 17 Sons and Daughters 184 18 Breaking Patterns - Not Bones 190 19 Guns and Teddy Bears 201 20 More Domestics, More Disputes 219 21 Life's Still a Riot 229 22 Face Off 249 23 Not All Gay Men Mince 265 24 Fallout (The Saga of Henley Regatta) 276 25 Dungeons and Pendragons 292 Epilogue 299show more

About Chris Clement-Green

Chris Clement-Green recently retired from Thames Valley Police after sixteen years as a uniform sergeant followed by five as a civilian investigator on serious and organised crime teams - which included working on several murder incident rooms. Her last job involved the management of sixty registered sex-offenders. Since becoming a serious writer in 2007, Chris has had several articles and letters published both home and abroad, and was the winner of the Oriel Davis Prose Competition in 2016 and also a finalist in the Women in Comedy Festival 2016 writing competition with her monologue, Queenie. Chris has now moved to rural Wales and set up The Welsh Writing Shed, from where she runs tutored and untutored writing retreats (thewelshwritingshed.co.uk).show more

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