Memoirs of 'Supercop' to Robinson

Rights - NonFiction Monday, 14 October 2019

Alistair Livingstone's memoirs cover his time in the police force, his mental breakdown, and his gradual recovery


Duncan Proudfoot, publishing director of Little, Brown's Robinson imprint, has bought world rights in Broken Blue Line: How Life As Britain's Supercop Broke Me by Alistair Livingstone.

Dubbed Supercop on account of his arrests record, Livingstone eventually broke down, overwhelmed by the pressures of the job. He resigned from the police force and set about regaining his mental health.

Proudfoot said: "Ali has an extraordinary story to tell and he tells it very well indeed. He has exhibited conspicuous bravery in many situations over a number of years that would have overwhelmed most people, but his biggest challenge remains his most recent, ongoing one: the struggle to regain his mental health. Both in his struggle to do so and in sharing this account, Ali is being even braver than before. His courage deserves recognition, and his open account will help many, not least his fellow police officers and others in frontline roles protecting the most vulnerable in society."

Livingstone said: "I thoroughly enjoyed being a police officer and I got to experience the sharp end of policing in so many different ways. When I finally made the decision to leave I was simply devastated and the months that followed my breakdown were the toughest I'd ever faced. I'm well on the road to recovery now and I hope that by sharing my story it'll shine a light on the challenges of modern policing and the toll it can take, and in doing so it'll help others."

Robinson will publish Broken Blue Line in autumn 2020.

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