Gilks' Dunnickin:

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A Humorous Account of Life on the Beat in West Sussex.


Gilks' Dunnickin is a biography of Tony Gilks' thirty-year career serving as a policeman in the Sussex Force. It is fully illustrated with pictures and wonderfully expressive cartoons by John Whurr and would be an ideal present for special occasions, Christmas or just a good read to take on holiday.

Honest yet thought-provoking, this story is about the day-to-day challenges that face a bobby on the beat and details the difficulties of dealing with tragedy, bizarre human behaviour and violence. Tony is a superb teller of tales and transports his readers through every human emotion. He had a strong gut reaction, could detect a villain at a glance, and was quick to assess any situation. He was a no-nonsense kind of man, tough and a disciplinarian, yet he could be compassionate and understanding.

Tony cared passionately for youth culture working tirelessly with the young when he was appointed School's Liaison Officer. He believed in investing all his energy and patience into his pupils hoping that his infliuence would make a difference. Children delighted in his easy going manner and terrific sense of humour and his stories will make you chuckle.

But like all serving police officers he has seen his fair share of major incidents including the tragic loss of a Spannish airliner that crashed into Blackdown Hill near Midhurst killing all on board in 1967. The turbulent Miners' Strikes in Yorkshire and Kent, the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the 1984 Conservative Conference and the aftermath of the IRA bombing of the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent. Yet, throughout these horrific episodes Tony and his cronies found solace in planning elaborate pranks against unpopular superiors making this book extremely humorous.

He is the first to admit that he displayed poor judgement and a lack of respect for some of his superior officers which propelled him into conflict with authority, but he was born with a lucky streak and a strong sense of cunning that helped him avoid disciplinary action.

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The book starts with his big break being introduced to a villain who teaches him all he needs to know to gain entry into the force seated behind the greenhouses of Ford Prison, and a forward thinking sergeant who helped him complete his maths paper. An unseen pint of beer consumed in front of a packed beer tent could have meant disaster but, Tony got away with it! So it is a coincidence that the book starts with beer drinking and finishes with a beer brewed in honour of his retirement thirty years later with a competition run by a local newspaper to find a great name, 'Dunnickin'.

Hardback £15.00 Paperback £12.00 exclusive of postage and packing at £3.00 per book

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This page was added by Paul Beaken on 30/09/2015.