Friday, 4 July 2014
'ello 'ello 'ello
Well, I said that I'd do it and I have. My new book, Why did the Policeman cross the Road is up on Unbound and, I'm delighted to say, is already 11% funded after just 4 days. Of course, that means there's still 89% - a long way - to go yet but I'm hopeful that I'll get there.
Of course, I can't do that alone. I can bleat on Twitter all I like but it's personal recommendation that gets people pledging. So, as someone who's helped me make one book a reality, perhaps you'll be interested in doing it again? I do hope so. Or, if it isn't your kind of book - tell your friends, family, lovers, lodgers, prisoners etc.
The new book is quite different from Connectoscope. It's part autobography, part QI-type facty stuff, and part self-help. It tells the story of my rather unusual police career, with a particuar focus on my time in Scotland Yard's experimental Problem Solving Unit, where we were sent out to look at problems of crime, disorder and community concern that seemed to be unsolvable. And, most of the time, we solved them. or, at least, made things better. Sometimes it just meant good research and analysis to discover what the root cause of the problem was. Other times it involved getting people to sit around a table together who didn't want to sit around a table together. Occasionally things got very creative and strange with wizards tackling street robberies, dog shows getting young kids to stop stabbing each other and bird boxes controlling the traffic.
The book also tells the stories of extraordinary problem stories by other agencies that can teach us a trick or two for dealing with the problems in our own private and working lives. You'll meet psychologists and advertising gurus, call girls and comedians, and a mayor who has a thing about fake vomit. You'll also read about why I played hide and seek on night duty, how turning a petrol station through 180 degrees stopped petrol thefts and why wasps are a cop's best friend.
So, if you like books by people like Jon Ronson, Will Storr or Malcolm Gladwell, or books like Freakonomics or Mary Roach's Stiff, I think that you'll enjoy this.
So do please have a look at the video, read the blurb and the sample part-chapter and see if it appeals. If not, as I say, sell the book to people you think might like it. This book has been a passion and obsession for me for some eight years and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in print after so long.
This will probably be my last post in the Connectoscope shed so can I once again thank you all so very, very much for helping meto get Constable Colgan's Connectoscope up and running.
And if you ever catch me at an event or talk - do come and say hello. Hugs and/or manly handshakes are due to you.