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On the Line

On the Line

‘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
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Reviews

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
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
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
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
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 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
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
A humane but unflinching look at the sharp end of contemporary policing. Vinten has a compassionate eye, and gives a human face to those charged with our safety.
Luke Jennings, creator of KILLING EVE
Absolutely loved it: raw, shocking and exciting, yet very open, personal and thought-provoking too. Write a crime thriller, please!
Chris Merritt, author of BRING HER BACK
An authentic, engrossing read.
Caroline Mitchell, author of the Amy Winter series
Life-on-the-streets, I'll-get-you-a-coppah! realness . . . Powerful
Strong Words
The warts-and-all memoir of a Metropolitan Police officer . . . Vinten reveals how she coped with the challenges of life on the front line of London policing.
Best
A warts-and-all memoir of an ex-cop from probationer days on. Fascinating
Ian Rankin