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    • Publication date:17 May 2018
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Girl on the Line

Life – and death – in the Metropolitan Police

By Alice Vinten

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A revealing memoir of a decade on the streets of London as a female police constable and a unique insight into a city and the cost of keeping it safe.

'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, author of He Said, She Said

'Compelling ... a portrait of the frontline which will fill you with admiration for those who, like Vinten, daily risk life and limb to keep us safe' Sunday Express

'Extraordinary' Mail on Sunday

Welcome to London. Population: 8.7million. 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.

'I've never read such an authentic and interesting account of what it's like to be a female police officer' Louise Voss, author of The Old You

'Deeply moving and inspiring' Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series

'Alice Vinten is the real deal - all the thrills of a crime novel, only true' Mel McGrath, author of Give Me The Child

'Heartbreaking, funny and, most of all, honest' Lisa Cutts, author of Mercy Killing

'Compelling, honest and moving' Laura Wilson, author of The Other Woman

'Honest, vivid and compelling . . . Superbly written, with the pace of a novel, it offers an illuminating look at the pressures of everyday encounters with brutal, chaotic and tragic lives.' Tom Bale, author of Skin and Bones

Biographical Notes

Alice Vinten spent ten years as an officer in the Metropolitan Police. Now in her thirties, she lives in Leigh-on-Sea with her two sons.

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  • ISBN: 9781473658820
  • Publication date: 17 May 2018
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Two Roads
This compelling memoir ... [is] a portrait of the frontline which will fill you with admiration for those who, like Vinten, daily risk life and limb to keep us safe — Sunday Express
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, author of HE SAID SHE SAID
Alice Vinten is the real deal - all the thrills of a crime novel, only true. Required reading for anyone interested in what the police really do — Mel McGrath, author of GIVE ME THE CHILD
I've never read such an authentic and interesting account of what it's like to be a female police officer. Should be required reading for anyone wanting to write procedurals or cop dramas! — Louise Voss, author of THE OLD YOU and The Detective Lennon Series
Alice Vinten's memoir is deeply moving and inspiring, with twists and dramatic real-life scenes that could have been taken straight from a crime thriller. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what it takes to be a female police officer. — Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series
Girl on the Line is heartbreaking, funny, and most of all, honest. Alice Vinten has managed to weave her personal experiences, both good and bad, with the horrors and stresses of modern day policing in the Met. The best thing of all about this superb book is that I know I would have loved to work alongside Alice as an officer — Lisa Cutts, author of MERCY KILLING
Compelling, honest and moving account of being a woman in the Met — Laura Wilson, author of THE OTHER WOMAN
Alice Vinten has written an honest, vivid and compelling account of her experiences as an officer in the Metropolitan Police. Superbly written, with the pace of a novel, it offers an illuminating look at the pressures of everyday encounters with brutal, chaotic and tragic lives. Most importantly, it doesn't shy away from reflecting the emotional toll that such a career takes on a conscientious officer. — Tom Bale, author of Skin and Bones
An intriguing insight into what it's like to be a woman in what still seems to be very much a man's world — Crime Review
Both gripping and thoughtfully written, it provides a vision of the frontline which will fill you with appreciation for those who, like Vinten, risk life and limb to keep us safe — The Bookseller
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