Nick Pettigrew | 'My default way of dealing with it all was in a blackly comic way'

Nick Pettigrew | 'My default way of dealing with it all was in a blackly comic way'

"Proust's inspiration was eating madeleines. Mine came while I was standing in the stairwell of a tower block, taking photos of human faeces.” Nick Pettigrew is describing the moment he decided to try and make his job the subject of a book. His resulting début, Anti-Social: The Secret Diary of an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, charts the year which brought Pettigrew’s more than 15-year career to a close; and gives gob-smacking insights into a job which stretched the limits of his “patience, compassion and sanity”. As he documents his encounters with mental illness, drug dealing, addiction, ...

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