Martyn Johnson - What's Tha Up To This Time?

What’s Tha Up To This Time?

Martyn Johnson’s WHAT’S THA UP TO THIS TIME? continues his wonderful stories about policing during the 1960s and 1970s. As with his previous two volumes, the best-selling WHAT’S THA UP TO? and WHAT’S THA UP TO NAH?, this book is written from the heart, not so much nostalgia as a genuine feeling for the people, animals, places and history of Sheffield.

From naked young ladies at Wentworth Woodhouse to suspicious scrapyards and second-hand shops, shoplifters, burglars and pickpockets, Martyn takes you on an amazing journey through an almost lost world of crime and characters. Meet George and Albert Bloggs, Sadistic Sid, Mr Cellarman, Twirls the key man, Mr Furnaceman, Mr Handcuff-man; and not forgetting Big Ginge and the most glamorous of all, ‘Diana Dors’. Why not let Martyn tell you about his hilarious ‘contemporaneous’ court experience and the day he became Lester Piggot and a very reluctant sea fisherman. Whether it’s the story of the dodgy unisex haircut, the mystery of the lost fingers or insights into the Dog and Partridge characters or Banners Department Store, there’s something of interest for everyone inside this book. Humour apart, Martyn’s empathy and feeling for the people of Sheffield and South Yorkshire shines through the pages, including some sad and difficult cases and times.

WHAT’S THA UP TO THIS TIME? will be published on 30th November 2014 by Wharncliffe (Pen & Sword).

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