Alice Vinten

On the Line

Welcome to London. Population: 8.7 million. And it’s your job to keep them safe.

A unique insight to life on the streets of London as a female constable, Girl on the Line follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to officer. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything in between, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it truly means to look after it.

From routine procedurals to gripping foot chases to threats of terrorist attacks, this book covers all aspects of life in uniform, and how it really feels to wear the boots of a London copper.


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‘Compelling … a portrait of the frontline which will fill you with admiration for those who, like Vinten, daily risk life and limb to keep us safe’ Sunday Express

‘Extraordinary’ Mail on Sunday

‘Gritty and gripping, moving and shocking, this brilliant police memoir shows that life on the force really is different for girls’
Erin Kelly, author of He Said She Said

‘Alice Vinten is the real deal – all the thrills of a crime novel, only true’
MJ McGRath, author of Give Me The Child

‘I’ve never read such an authentic and interesting account of what it’s like to be a female police officer’
Louise Voss, author of The Old You

‘deeply moving and inspiring’
Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series

‘Compelling, honest and moving’
Laura Wilson, author of The Other Woman


Alice VintenALICE VINTEN spent ten years as an officer in the Metropolitan Police. Now in her thirties, she lives in Southend-on-Sea with her two sons.


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