Writing – The Journey (Blog No 6) – Mike Layton

The picture below is of Police Constable 118 ‘a’ Thomas Wright. His imperious pose commemorates the awarding of a certificate for bravery on the Thirteenth of February 1911. He risked his life to protect others. In this case it was a runaway horse, and not an armed terrorist, but nevertheless his heroism encapsulated the core principle of policing – that of protecting others, their lives, their property, their society. The policing values demonstrated by PC Wright remain at its heart to the present day – it’s why policing is in truth ‘The Noble Cause’.

This is a ‘warts and all’ book about policing in the 1980’s and 1990’s, written by two former police officers who did ‘the job’ collectively for more than seventy years.
Police officers see the worst of society, its inequalities, and injustice, and they sometimes have to confront pure evil and the lowest degradations of the human state. They have to face the horrors of murder, accidental death, suicide, domestic and child abuse, and sickening violence, to name just a few of the incidents described in the book.
This book tracks the course of two very different career paths in Birmingham and Walsall, one in uniform, one in the CID, until they ultimately converge.

Whether it is public-order policing, keeping a lid on the streets, working undercover, battling against drugs dealers, the reality of dealing with death and post – mortems, or the investigation of serious crimes, this book provides a unique insight into the reality of policing.

This is a book for the curious, the nostalgic, the academic, the historian and the researcher, totally factual, and demonstrating the reality rather than the dramatic conflations shown on TV and film. It contains many stunning  photographs of a Birmingham no longer in existence. It currently has seven reviews with a score of 4.8 stars against a possible 5. It is available on Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MRELU3F/

‘The Noble Cause’ highlights the opportunities that self-publishing gives to budding writers these days. Co-author Steve Burrows has developed new skills in relation to publishing and has now successfully self-published a number of books in both E Book and Paperback formats on KDP Amazon UK. Anecdotally it has been said that 95% of all books, however published, do not sell more than 1,000 copies. One only has to look around any major bookstore to understand the sheer challenges of trying to make a breakthrough in a market which is saturated  by thousands upon thousands of new book titles. Traditional publishers still offer better prospects of access to established marketing routes whereas self-publishing means that anyone’s book can now be aired in public. Both publishing methods have advantages and disadvantages in terms of royalty payments but in reality writing is for those who are passionate about getting their work seen rather than making lots of money.Version 5


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