On the Line

Alice Vinten


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John Murray Press
18 April 2019
ISBN: 9781473658844
352 pages

From the publisher

'A warts-and-all memoir of an ex-cop from probationer days on. Fascinating' IAN RANKIN
'A humane but unflinching look at the sharp end of contemporary policing' LUKE JENNINGS
'I loved this book. Gritty and gripping, moving and shocking, this brilliant police memoir shows that life on the force really is different for girls' ERIN KELLY

Welcome to London. Population: 8.7 million. And it's your job to keep them safe.

A no-holds-barred account of life on the front line of policing, On the Line follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to constable. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything in between, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it means to look after it.

'COMPELLING' Sunday Express 'EXTRAORDINARY' Mail on Sunday

'I've never read such an authentic and interesting account of what it's like to be a female police officer' LOUISE VOSS
'Deeply moving and inspiring' JANE CASEY
'Alice Vinten is the real deal - all the thrills of a crime novel, only true' MEL MCGRATH
'Heartbreaking, funny and, most of all, honest' LISA CUTTS
'Compelling, honest and moving' LAURA WILSON