What’s Tha Playing at Nah?

Martyn Johnson

Reviews for Martyn's books

'A tremendous insight into... a bobby's life [and] a near forgotten world of Sheffield in the sixties. He's Fred Pass in uniform.' Paul License, Sheffield Star Newspaper '...the stories made me laugh...some made me sad.' Chris Foster,

Police History Society 'Recommended for nostalgic police officers and ... the soci
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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ISBN : 9781473858121
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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Welcome to What's Tha Playing At Nah?, the fourth volume of Martyn Johnson's acclaimed series of stories about policing during the 1960s and 1970s. Whether 'on the beat' or 'as CID', once again Martyn enthralls, surprises and shocks his readers with tales set in an almost forgotten era: a veritable Lost World of people, places and phrases in his beloved Sheffield. Steven Spielberg please note.

Who will you meet on the journey? Well, there's the usual myriad of lovable characters, from Big Derek the doorman and Mr Dar the tailor to 'Caribbean-singing Henry' and cross-dressing 'Doreen'; and not forgetting Cecil the resident barman at 'Mucky Mary's'; Marlene the prostitute, and 'old Fred' the tramp. Among the less savory are Mr. Dirty Bastard, Mr. Car Thief, Mr. Money-grabber aka Nasty Pimp, Mr. Sticky Fingers the burglar and Mr. Nasty the rapist; and several 'perverts' of the worst kind.

As usual, Martyn's down-to-earth honesty and humor shines through the pages; but he never loses sight of the human condition in all its forms: good, bad, sad and happy.

About The Author

Born in 1943, at Darfield, near Barnsley, Martyn's first job at the age of fifteen was as a blacksmith but in his late teens joined Sheffield City Police, working on the streets of Attercliffe and Darnall until 1969. A few interesting years in CID followed but he returned to grassroot policing, serving for another seven years. A long-time resident of Wentworth, Martyn was consulted by author Catherine Bailey when she was compiling her best-selling book Black Diamonds. More recently, with his wife Christine, Martyn published Wentworth in Old Photographs.

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