No Ordinary Day (The Extraordinary Days Book 1)

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No Ordinary Day (The Extraordinary Days Book 1)

No Ordinary Day (The Extraordinary Days Book 1)

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If you're coming to Coles by car, why not take advantage of the 2 hours free parking at Sainsbury's Pioneer Square - just follow the signs for Pioneer Square as you drive into Bicester and park in the multi-storey car park above the supermarket. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. You don't need to shop in Sainsbury's to get the free parking! Where to Find Us No Ordinary Day is more than a history book, as it gives the reader a greater insight into those involved, those whose hands were clean, those whose hands were tied and unable to perform their duty, those whose hands were indeed dirty, those who deserved to be punished. Espionage, betrayal, terrorism, corruption and murder. All the ingredients of a Le Carré novel, only it's real' Matthew Hall On 17 th April 1984, I was a police officer driving a traffic car in central London when I was sent to escort an ambulance from Charles II Street to Westminster Hospital. Although I was unaware of it at the time, that ambulance contained two friends of mine, WPC Yvonne Fletcher and PC John Murray. This is the story about WPC Yvonne Fletcher, who would have turned 65yrs of age this month. She was gunned down at the tender age of 25yrs by two gunmen when they opened fire with Sterling submachine guns from the first floor of the Libyan People’s Bureau in St. James’ Square, London. This is also the story of the unstinting courage of Yvonne’s friend John Murray who, as a PC standing next to Yvonne outside the Bureau on April 17th 1984 made her a promise as she lay dying, cradled in his arms, that he would not stop until he had brought her killers to justice. He has done half the job thus far by (amazingly) securing a High Court ruling that Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk, a former minister in Muammar Gaddafi’s government, orchestrated the shooting of Yvonne, and was jointly liable for her death, and for John Murray’s injuries and the injuries of the protesters also hit by automatic gunfire that day.

And now No Ordinary Day is out there. It is a story that has been described by Lee Child as ‘An important book, especially now – both an intensely personal story, and a sober analysis of a political scandal’ For some, it 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. Professor John Grieve CBE, former head of the Anti-Terrorist Squad described it as ‘a clever book, beautifully written.’ 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. I’d been hearing about the progress of the investigation and until I read the book, I was clueless about so many details. 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 On April 17th, 1984, during an anti-Gaddafi demonstration outside the Libyan embassy in London, a burst of automatic gunfire suddenly rained down upon the crowd. Among the eleven wounded protesters was a female police officer, WPC Yvonne Fletcher, who later died in hospital.John continued to fight to see justice done. For 37 years John has campaigned and fought resolutely to bring Yvonnes killer to justice. Afterwards the perpetrator's and everyone in the peoples Bureau were removed and returned to Libia. As far as I am concerned the person making that comment, a MP, after the 2013 debate in parliament organised by Daniel Kawczynski needs to make a public apology for that comment. If that is his view on police officers then the question needs to be asked whether he is fit to stand as an MP

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I soon began to realise I was in uncharted territory, exploring and researching a subject that would take me into the dark world of our secret services and the equally duplicitous world of UK politics. To begin, I conducted interviews with people who had been present on the day of the shooting and this led to invitations to meet with others who had been involved in the siege and subsequent criminal enquiry. I spoke to journalists, former members of the secret service – including cream-tea with John Le Carré in his home in Cornwall – and others who suggested avenues of research they thought might prove productive. Many, but not all, were prepared to talk, particularly when they learned of my connection to Yvonne. My best witness, by far, was John Murray himself. I found him to be modest, self-effacing and humble but, at the same time, determined and very, very brave. His is a story of sacrifice and loyalty to a friend, and to that promise he made to her is an incredible one. What an amazing man, former police officer himself suffer unknowingly for years from PTSD but making these highly dangerous trips to gather evidence in what was considered a war zone. Retired police officer John Murray worked closely with Yvonne Fletcher and held her as she lay dying. For 37 years he has campaigned and fought resolutely to bring her killer to justice.

Dystopian Fiction Books Everyone Should Read: Explore The Darker Side of Possible Worlds and Alternative Futures Espionage, betrayal, terrorism, and corruption aren't half of it. The truth behind the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher may open some wounds, but at least it names and shames some individuals. The second chapter is when the incident is recalled and the book begins to read like a thriller except sadly this is real life with real consequences for everyone present that day. From then on, the action and investigation never let up, with it taking you through the unspeakable tragedy leading up to that day, the incident and its aftermath as those involved or impacted by the shooting attempt to not only come to terms with what happened to them but also seek answers. It is one of those books for readers who like to learn the truth behind the headlines; to discover the deeply rooted corruption and malevolent agendas lurking just under the surface of the "official" news and press/police/political statements both at the time and since. On 17 April 1984, as demonstrators gathered outside the Libyan embassy in London, two gunmen lay in wait inside. At 10 . 18 am automatic gunfire rained down on the protestors and WPC Yvonne Fletcher fell, mortally wounded. Whilst No Ordinary Day remains a heartbreaking true story with the twisting and turning plot of an international political thriller. it opens your eyes to the fact that, if those 'interfering suits' were doing all that then, they are surely still doing it today.In fact there are several scenes in the book that brought a tear to my eye, that actually created a visceral reaction and a welling of emotion so much so that I found myself choking up a little trying to describe one such scene to someone. Matt Johnson has done a superb job in portraying that sentiment in a simple, tender, and yet emotive way so that whether you are directly involved or not, it is virtually impossible not to be moved by what you are reading. The most important point of all is that, through his words and the memories of Yvonne’s closest friends and colleagues, the author really gives us an insight into what a special person was lost that day. I feel I know her now, realise why her loss is still so keenly felt. She will no longer be just a name in a headline to me. She is, as she should be remembered, now ‘Super-Fletch’. Small in stature but large in heart, who made a profound difference to those who knew her.

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