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A Search for Belonging

Written by: Michael Fuller
Narrated by: Michael Fuller
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs

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Michael Fuller had an idyllic childhood growing up in care in Surrey, looked after by Margaret, who gave him the love and comfort his biological mother never did. He loved to ride his bike and collect coins and stamps and grew up celebrating the freedom of 1960s Britain. But when he was nine, a local paper described him as the 'coloured boy' in his school production. It was the first time Michael felt judged based on the colour of his skin.

Thirty-six years later, Michael became Britain's first ever black Chief Constable.

That moment taught Michael he would always be searching for a place to belong. Hoping to tackle injustice and create change from within, he joined the police force but experienced racism and inequality. From colleagues shouting racist insults into his office, to the Brixton Riots where 'Kill the black one first!' was yelled from the crowds. Determined, despite everything, not to turn and walk away, he rose through the ranks and made his way to the very top. A Search for Belonging is a story of resilience, persistence and optimism, of how one man set out, against the odds, to try to belong.

Includes an exclusive interview with the author.

This audiobook was originally published under the title Kill the Black One First.

©2019 Michael Fuller (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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  • Michelle Wells-Braithwaite
  • 25-02-19

Thank you for sharing

I listened to this book over a weekend could not stop.
It was awesome and caused me to reflect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-19

Awesome

A must read!
Resilience. Tenacity. Grit.
I’m recommending this book to everyone I know. Awesomely brilliant.

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  • HH
  • 20-02-19

Amazing!

A brilliant biography of success through tremendous struggle. I was particularly inspired by his discipline.

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  • Vicky C.
  • 05-11-19

Love it!

Couldn't put it down . Honest and objective account of institutional racism from inside one of our principal institutions.

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  • 22-09-19

Such an interesting man!

Brilliant book. Should be compulsory in schools- particularly some of the examples where Mr Fuller stops to assess how he is going to react. Inspirational.

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  • andy morales
  • 11-09-19

Best book I've read all year

Absolutely loved it! best book I've read all year. Perhaps because I relate alot with Michaels story very moving and encouraging. Thank you Michael for sharing your story.

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  • Ken Sanderson
  • 10-09-19

An important piece of social history

This is also a great story of an individual punching above their weight and overcoming the low expectations stuck on to them.

if the book wasn't so interesting and well read and only inspired others to aim high, persist and fight against the odds, it would still be very valuable

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  • Tom
  • 19-08-19

An enjoyable listen

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this very personal story by Michael Fuller. It's a good listen, with a lot of interesting insights on racism and the police in the last forty years.

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  • Michael Gayle
  • 19-07-19

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Very inspirational book and shows if you are good enough almost anything is possible !

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  • Macca
  • 11-07-19

interesting life story

A well written and detailed account of life in the police in the 1970's / 80's and the impact of racism. An inspirational life story.