No Ordinary Day: Espionage, betrayal, terrorism and corruption (Paperback)
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No Ordinary Day: Espionage, betrayal, terrorism and corruption (Paperback)

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Published: 08/06/2023
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An incendiary account of the 1984 murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher by Libyan gunmen, No Ordinary Day traces the twists and turns of the case, uncovering cover-ups, duplicity and corruption reaching to the very heart of government.

Shortlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Dagger 2024

On 17 April 1984, as police and anti-Gaddafi demonstrators gathered in the street outside the Libyan People's Bureau in London, they had no way of knowing they were about to become part of one of the greatest tragedies in British policing history. At 10.17a.m. automatic gunfire rained down on them. WPC Yvonne Fletcher was hit in the back and later died from her injuries. Twelve demonstrators were wounded. The gunmen were Libyans, both concealed behind a first-floor window of the Bureau.

Two weeks later, all those present inside the Bureau, including everyone suspected of involvement in the attack, were deported from the UK. Men guilty of terrorism and murder were neither arrested nor prosecuted.

As Yvonne Fletcher lay dying, her colleague and close friend PC John Murray cradled her in his arms. Before she lost consciousness, he promised her he would not rest until those responsible for her murder had been brought to justice.

Thirty-seven years would pass before John was able to fulfil that promise. Whilst writing John Murray's story, Matt Johnson identified UK government duplicity, secret service deals and how a plan to finally defeat the all-powerful National Union of Mineworkers would place the government in an invidious position when pro- and anti-Gaddafi elements brought their fight to the streets of the UK. He was able to discover why, in 1984, her killers had been allowed to go free. His extensive research also revealed how events on 17 April resulted in a 30-year government campaign to bring the police services of the UK under political control, a campaign that has driven our police service into the state of disarray we see today.

The story behind what happened outside the Libyan People's Bureau is complex, shocking and revealing. Matt Johnson's compelling account pulls together a series of seemingly unconnected threads into a coherent whole, incorporating all the inter-related elements of politics, business, secret service missions and chance.

For some, this will be a very uncomfortable read. For many, it may confirm what they already suspect, that we, the public, know very little of the decisions being made by our elected representatives and the actions taken by official bodies, supposedly in our best interests.

Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781802471441
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘An important book, especially now – both an intensely personal story, and a sober analysis of a political scandal’   - Lee Child

‘Espionage, betrayal, terrorism, corruption and murder. All the ingredients of a Le Carré novel, only it’s real’   - Matthew Hall

‘A powerful and timely account of one of the darkest chapters in British policing history’ - John Sutherland

'The best book I've ever read. Breathtakingly brilliant.' - Jackie Malton, former Detective, author of The Real Prime Suspect.

'A story I was really struck by… Uplifting… An important read.'  - Crime Time / Paul Burke

‘Highly recommended. Hard-hitting, packed with raw emotion and a story that deserves to live long in the memory.  If you only read one non-fiction book this year, make sure it is this one.’ - Jen Med's Book Reviews

'A literary masterpiece. Captivating, it is a must-read for those seeking profound insights into the hidden truths of our society.' - The Deeping

‘Very well written and deeply researched . . . an account of a relentless search for justice. It has pride of place in my library.'  - John Grieve CBE QPM former DAC MPS and former National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorist Investigations

'Heart-wrenching saga of courage, betrayal, and the undying spirit of justice.'  - Emergency Services News

'Well-written, brilliantly researched, uplifting and yet, a truly shocking read. The story of one man's heroic fight against the odds and against the establishment. John Murray, you are indeed a hero.'  - DCI Colin Sutton (ret'd) Senior Investigating Officer, the Millie Dowler enquiry

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“A Complex, Compelling & Immaculately Researched Memoir”

No Ordinary Day tells the tragic yet fascinating story of the death of PC Yvonne Fletcher at the hands of a lone Libyan terrorist gunman on 17 April 1984 and dissects the myriad people involved in bringing about the... More

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“An absolute must read”

One of the most important books in the history of UK Policing. It tells the personal and at times emotional story of a promise made and kept. In April 1984 WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot and murdered whilst policing an... More

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“A Must Read - Recommended”

I was a serving police office in central London when this tragic event took place. I have been appalled over the years at the fact a police officer was gunned down on the streets of central London and the apparent... More

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