BLACK AND BLUE - published by Atlantic Books.
My friend Parm Sandhu is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. Born in Handsworth to immigrant parents who spoke no English, she was forced into an arranged marriage aged just 16. She met her husband for the first time on her wedding day, and went on to experience violence from him and his brothers. One day she grabbed her two year old son and boarded a coach to London, where she knew no-one. She joined the Metropolitan police, and in the following thirty years she broke through every glass ceiling, eventually making history by becoming the first BAME woman to be promoted through the ranks to Chief Superintendent. But throughout her career in the Met, she experienced regular incidents of gender and racial discrimination, which culminated in her being accused of gross misconduct and even of breaking the criminal law. She fought back hard, and had her reputation vindicated - finally retiring from the force in 2019 with a certificate which correctly described her service as "exemplary".
Parm kindly allowed me to help her to write her life story, and we hope that BLACK AND BLUE will shock and inspire in equal measure.