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Christmas time. Mistletoe and wine. The season of domestics, religion, adultery, drugs, hangovers, alcohol, parties, fights, unwanted gifts, football matches and goodfucking will to all men.

And that’s just one tour of duty on a TSG van.

Ugly Bus is five cops. Martin. Flub. Dullas. Vince. And good old brain-dead Thrush. Specialist Territorial Support Group officers working a
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by William Heinemann
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

Christmas time. Mistletoe and wine. The season of domestics, religion, adultery, drugs, hangovers, alcohol, parties, fights, unwanted gifts, football matches and goodfucking will to all men.
And that’s just one tour of duty on a TSG van.

I read “Pocket Notebook” some time back and was struck by the sheer excellence of the characterisation and storytelling there – a dark and compelling tale – and here Mr Thomas has pulled that off yet again.
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Sheenagh Pugh
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Boxing Day match. Football hooligans. Neo-fascists. Casual criminals. And then there's the bunch you really don't want to meet... the ones in uniform.

Mike Thomas is the author-cum-serving policeman from South Wales who in 2011 published a debut novel, Pocket Notebook, about a sardonic police officer called Jake who goes to pieces over the course of the novel and takes to chronicling his own disintegration in his police notebook. One of the characters from Pocket Notebook reappears here in a
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Keith Nixon
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Martin Finch is a newly promoted sergeant in the Specialist Territory Support Group (TSG), a small team of police who man a riot van and respond when there is public disorder. It’s Boxing Day and Martin, an idealistic copper following in his father’s footsteps, is about to meet his new TSG team, but what should be a routine shift is likely to be far from it. They’re assigned to police a football match – a local derby where there’s violence in store with rival gangs on the scene ready to cause tr ...more
Dean David
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and very surprising end.
James
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the author’s second book, after his impressive debut, A Pocket Notebook. While a book not without its flaws, A Pocket Notebook was good enough and original enough for me to wonder how, and indeed if, Thomas would be able to follow up. I needn't have worried, for Ugly Bus is an even better read.

Ugly Bus offers the reader an insight into the mind of officers serving with the Territorial Support Group (TSG). As someone with friends in the police, I'm familiar with the public order unit; ind
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Susan Hampson
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an opening scene, a woman desperate for help, Where the hell is a policeman when you need one? Exhausted, confused, drunk and obviously brutally abused, then finally sanctuary and a step back to the day before........

There could only be one thing worse for the TSG (Territory Support Group) then getting a new Sergeant and that is getting a new Sergeant that learnt everything he knows at University not through the ranks like a real Policeman. After having Jim as their Sergeant, one of the lad
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Harry Casey-Woodward
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Out of all the books published this year, I'm glad I read this one. Funny, dirty and violent with an absolute shocker of an ending, this is a novel about the police written by an ex-policeman with some uncomfortable things to say about the force and British society. Like the best war films, one of the book's messages is that there are people behind the uniforms, along with their faults and fears. It is a very similar book to 'the football factory' by John King: both are gritty and savage, both m ...more
Andrew Webber
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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My favourite book of 2014 by a distance. Dark, gripping yet comical in parts, i was utterly sucked in by the opening chapter, and the ending was so jaw-dropping it stayed with me for days. A really fantastic piece of work.
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Mike Thomas was born in Wales in 1971. For more than two decades he served in the police, working some of Cardiff’s busiest neighbourhoods in uniform, public order units, drugs teams and CID. He left the force in 2015 to write full time.

His debut novel, Pocket Notebook, was published by William Heinemann (Penguin Random House) and longlisted for the Wales Book of the Year. The author was also name
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