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julianc

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1,925 posts

177 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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PH’s very own Derek Smith – who retired from the police force some time ago but continues to grace PH with posts of relevance, knowledge, common sense and humour – has written a book about his experiences as a police officer in London during some very interesting times. I’ve read the book, and the only times I put it down was when my better half provided me with feedback (i.e. that I needed to do something else, or she would call her solicitor – again!). Derek’s book is a fascinating insight into an officer doing a sterling job, at times under difficult circumstances. It will entertain you, educate you, make you smile, make you think and may also bring a tear to the eye.

The book is called ‘Both Sides of the Force’ by Harvey Yates (a pun – see if you can work it out!) and is available as a Kindle download on

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Both-sides-force-ebook/dp/...

Before anyone asks, I am NOT Derek’s agent, Derek has most definitely NOT asked me to write this post, and I am NOT getting a cut of any profits! I’ve written this post because I respect Derek enormously and would like to see him getting due reward for the effort he has put into writing such an interesting book.

Happy reading ...

Julian

Mr Happy

5,031 posts

138 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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Ages ago I said he should write a book! I may indeed purchase this...

The ASIN code is very close to bk, I can't be the only one to notice this!

mudster

564 posts

162 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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julianc said:
The book is called ‘Both Sides of the Force’ by Harvey Yates (a pun – see if you can work it out!)
You're going to have to explain it to numb nuts here 'cos I don't get it.

had ham

2,707 posts

101 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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I shall have to ask HH junior #3 to download as I don't do Kindle, but off on holiday next week and I will look forward to reading this as I've always enjoyed DS's posts and his pragmatic, honest, and revealing opinions.

Unlike that cop-bot chap whose name I can't remember (but who epitomised the reason why most of the public dislike/distrust the police due to his complete inability to apply anything remotely close to common sense to anything and everything, and kept preaching 'the law'), DS was a copper we could all respect and look up to. If policing was still like that, the world/UK would be a far better place...

Paddy_N_Murphy

20,298 posts

102 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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At that price on Kindle it's certainly worth a punt - I have bought a few books of a similar ilk and price recently and really enjoyed the 'amateur' author (sorry DS if I offend!)

Picked up for a pound I think : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harts-Sea-Sailing-Windward... my cup of tea and a good few chuckles.

Any more similar to recommend?
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Rockatansky

1,402 posts

105 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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Pity it's not available in print, my Dad would love that - it's just at the tail end of his time in the job.

As this is PH, it would be remiss of me not to point out that in the second paragraph of the preface, that 'draught' should read 'draft' wink

Fort Jefferson

7,956 posts

140 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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Rockatansky said:
Pity it's not available in print,
This.

wendyg

2,071 posts

161 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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Will definitely be downloading this one.
Is the title or the author the pun? Both sides of the Force is Starwarsy of course.
Our V8s??

reAnimate

418 posts

200 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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mudster said:
You're going to have to explain it to numb nuts here 'cos I don't get it.
Me too. Something to do with a v8?

wendyg

2,071 posts

161 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Both-sides-force-ebook/dp/...

Liking that the link includes /B0070OLLCK/

..just me then?

Sgt Bilko

1,719 posts

133 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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I was fortunate to read this back in 2010 when Derek was offering it via Paypal. As well as being funny, well written and one of those "can't put down" scripts it also serves to highlight to those in the know the problems the police face and the idiocies which exist in forces.

Well worth the price.

Edit to add: found it again in my emails. Worth another read i think.

don4l

10,058 posts

94 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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I'd like to buy Derek's book.

Unfortunately, I am not young and I do not have a Kindle. It is extremely unlikely that I will ever own a Kindle.

Why can't I buy a PDF version?

Don
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db

608 posts

87 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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kindle is what we start fires with, can't read anything with that.

If this the way of the world, I'm going to miss this read frown
I know paper costs trees, but this kindle trickery is trees and coal by wire and massive planetary chemical pollution wink

Will buy it if printed!

aw51 121565

4,761 posts

151 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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db said:
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Will buy it if printed!
Add me to the list smile .



And to the list of "kindle - the answer to a question no-one asked wink " luddites too redface .

joewilliams

2,004 posts

119 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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don4l said:
I'd like to buy Derek's book.

Unfortunately, I am not young and I do not have a Kindle. It is extremely unlikely that I will ever own a Kindle.

Why can't I buy a PDF version?

Don
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You can use the kindle app on just about any computing device.

CBR JGWRR

6,447 posts

67 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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reAnimate said:
mudster said:
You're going to have to explain it to numb nuts here 'cos I don't get it.
Me too. Something to do with a v8?
Star Wars?

Derek Smith

27,960 posts

166 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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Could I just endorse everything Julian said about how good the book is?

Thanks, Julian. I appreciate it, and am really glad you enjoyed it.

If anyone hasn't got Kindle, PM me.

I tried to get it printed. I once had a reader of the slush pile phone me. My wife picked up the phone and then mouthed 'publisher' and by the time I got to the phone I had won the Booker file and, even more importantly, was on the Richard and Judy list. But what the woman said was that I should change a few, quite a few, things.

The most important was not to include anything where individuals could be identified. I was told to cut three things which were, she said, unbelievable, yet for one I had a reference in another book.

I rewrote the book as she told me, phoned her back only to be told she'd left and gone to NZ or OZ. I resubmitted the book but heard nothing more.

jeremyc

15,816 posts

202 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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Have you investigated self publishing options like Lulu?

They offer printing on demand with no minimum volume commitment.

triumphkryten

237 posts

81 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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I bought this last night, very late and stuck it on my Galaxy Tab using the Kindle app. I am having trouble putting it down......

If this early impression is anything to go by, I will be looking for the sequel

Great writing style Derek - hits the spot perfectly!

voicey

2,187 posts

105 months

Friday 27th July 2012
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Derek Smith said:
If anyone hasn't got Kindle, PM me.
PM sent.

My father publishes his own books these days (much to the dismay of my mother when another truck turns up with hundreds of books in boxes). It doesn't cost him that much - if you wanted to explore this route I'd happily put you in touch with him.

For those of you who have read the book perhaps you should write a review on Amazon? It'd be nice to help a fellow PH'r who is held in such high regard.