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Published April, 2016 by The History Press
ISBN 10: 0750966408  ISBN 13: 9780750966405
Hardcover.

 I was once Britain’s senior-most railway detective  and this book provides a unique description of crime on the railways during the late 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's

The many investigations discussed include the alarming Southall train crash, the kidnap, torture and rape of a young girl and train robberies by some of the most notorious gangsters in the country. In addition, a vivid picture is provided of incidents involving  bomb threats, terrorism, petty crime, police incompetence, the odd politician, even the Queen.  All are discussed frankly and intimately.

The book follows my progress from 1968, when, aged 18, as an unqualified builder’s labourer, I cheated to pass the police entrance examination.

With extensive use of anecdotes my promotions to every rank within the CID are described with humour  and brutal honesty.

The account ends, after 31 years, at the end of the last century, when as a lawyer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, I was actually refused permission to retire from the Force.

Dollops of humour, painful truth and a vivid description of the macho policing culture of the time.

    

“I remember Satchwell, he was like ‘Slipper of the Yard’, but with brains”.
(Tom Wisbey, Great Train Robber)​
  What others have said-
   
  'An Inspector Recalls' is a lively, funny and interesting jog through numerous interesting policing experiences. Rarely can such a senior detective been so frank!  A very good read.’  

Michael Fuller, Former Chief Constable and Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service 
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  ‘Graham Satchwell has given a ‘no holds barred’ account of the reality of policing from the late 1960’s to the new millennium. It is a great read.

 He describes his early life in a working class docker’s family in Southampton and the challenges of finding work without formal educational qualifications. After several jobs locally he finally joined the Transport Police at Southampton Docks in 1968 after prompting from his father.

This memoir tracks Graham’s career through the seventies and eighties with humour and honesty. His anecdotal record is typical of a working class lad finding his way in life and rising successfully to the challenges of policing; battling and even occasionally succumbing, to minor corruption. 

His service covers the period when the IRA was active in Britain with transport services being a major target and he includes interesting comments on infamous cases as well as routine investigations with which he was involved.

Graham, through sheer hard work advanced himself, rising through the ranks and eventually, with no academic qualifications was given a scholarship to study law at Reading University walking away after three years with 2 [1] degree. No mean achievement. What shines through is his sheer determination to succeed.

Graham Satchwell is not a man who suffers fools gladly; and this memoir shows him working hard to achieve success against many odds and one suspects that he is saddened by the fact that his remarkable accomplishments appear not to have been given recognition by those above him.

The book is the story of a dedicated police officer who perhaps should have risen higher in the police, but he can be immensely proud of the fact that he has given invaluable public service which has been characterised by abundant achievement.

Graham is a good man who has written a very readable book which is entertaining and amusing, but nonetheless is a contemporary and accurate account of policing throughout that period.’  

 The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate OBE  LL.B (Hons)

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  'I enjoyed ‘An Inspector Recalls’ immensely. It is an honest and open account of Policing as it was and of the mettle of the man who wrote it. 
As a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), the Guvnor never ducked a punch and landed a few blows along the way as well. 

The book will appeal to Police and Non-Police readers alike. With its openness about what went on behind the scenes and its occasional Laugh Out Load moment, it shows Policing as it was. 

I served within the BTP and with the Met, investigating different sorts major incidents including fifteen years on Murder teams. I therefore worked under many SIO's. "Satch" (The Guvnor) stood out for always letting the Detectives get on with their jobs and defending them from any outside criticism, whilst still getting his hands dirty and never being afraid to make a decision -  attributes missing in so many others’.  

Roy “Nobby” Clark. Retired detective, Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police.'

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  'An Inspector Recalls' conjures up the days when policing was delivered by real men (mostly men in those days), who cared about what they were doing and saw themselves as part of the public at large, not a race apart, which sadly seems to be the case today. By turns amusing, touching and sometimes tragic, Graham Satchwell describes a world we have lost - a world which many would be glad to to see return'. 

David Gilbertson QPM B.Sc. former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner and author of (inter alia) “The Strange Death of Constable George Dixon – Why the Police have stopped Policing” (Matador pub. 2011). 

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  ‘An Inspector Recalls'  is a thoroughly amusing, anecdotal record of a man who came to be a legend in British Transport Police.  When I joined the Force in 1999 as a transferring Chief Superintendent, little did I know I was competing for a role that an officer of Graham Satchwell’s standing and ability had applied for.

Graham’s account of his service is remarkable, not just for his power of recollection, but also for the insight it contains about the culture of the Force and British Policing at that time.  

Thank goodness there were police officers of such principle, prepared not just to do what was right according to the rule book, but prepared to exercise discretion and ‘do the right thing’ for the wider community we served.
  
The average reader may not appreciate the pressure that Graham would have been under in exercising his role to fight corruption in its various forms.  Much of what he has articulated is common to my experience, but his courage and transparency in writing this book leaves me in awe.

A thoroughly insightful and amusing read that will be a timely chronicle of policing pre-1999.’ 

David Hatcher Crimewatch Police Presenter 1984-99.  Retired Chief Superintendent Kent and British Transport Police

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                                             TONIGHT
                                  WITH
                TREVOR MCDONALD

On 9th January, 2006 ITV broadcast a 'Tonight Special' entilted  'Is Your Medicine Fake?'
I provided the orignial idea, wrote the outline and appeared in  the programme.
The programme was a great success and nominated for an Industry award.
It showed graphically how easy it would be for anyone with  a few hundred quid, to set up business with the permission of the Government regulator and trade in counterfeit medicines.

Other stuff

 In recent years I have also contributed to a number of other television shows in Britain, Republic of Ireland and USA; a number of books -'Coincidence or Crisis',  'Professional Law Enforcement Codes' and others; radio shows - Radio 4's 'Crossing Continents', The 'Today' Programme, and others at home and abroad; news items in every national paper in Britain, and a play by Sir David Hare ('The Permanent Way'). In 2015 I was invited to advise on the script for a new television crime drama series.

I know what you're thinking...'that's not a great creative output for 66 years of effort'.
Well, it's been a long apprenticeship.


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