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    DescriptionShortlisted for the Crime Writers Award Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, true crime meets humour in "Defending the Guilty" by Alex McBride, a hilariously funny and eye-opening Kitchen Confidential of the criminal justice system. Every day, criminal barrister Alex McBride stands up in court and attempts to save people from conviction, prison, even a lifetime behind bars. Sometimes it's a hopeless case. Sometimes he has the chance to right a wrong. But mostly his clients are just plain guilty. In "Defending the Guilty", McBride takes us behind the scenes of Britain's criminal justice system. He introduces us to its extraordinary characters and arcane eccentricities, and tells astonishing stories of courtroom triumph and defeat. Whether he's defending hapless teenagers at Harlow Youth Court or prosecuting gold bullion robbers at the Old Bailey, these hair-raising tales reveal that justice rarely operates in quite the way we expect. Throughout, McBride grapples with that most important of questions: how do we ensure that the guilty are convicted and the innocent walk free? "Expert, authoritative, hilarious - an insider's fearless account of life at the criminal bar". (Craig Raine, "Times Literary Supplement", Books of the Year). "McBride details his own cock-ups and disasters with the relish of the born humorous writer. Very funny". ("Daily Mail"). "Rollicks along with a good eye for detail and a neat turn of phrase". ("Observer"). "Gripping, engaging, compelling. The real life of criminal barristers is expertly caught". ("Literary Review"). "Terrific, fascinating, very funny". ("Daily Mail"). "Hilarious". ("Sun"). Alex McBride is a criminal barrister. He is the author of the "Common Law" column in "Prospect" magazine, has contributed to the "New Statesman" and various BBC programmes, including "From Our Own Correspondent" and is the editor of the "Famous Trials Penguin Specials" series.


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    Title
    Defending the Guilty
    Subtitle
    Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alex McBride
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 201 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141042725
    ISBN 10: 0141042729
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    BISAC V2.8: LAW026000
    BIC subject category V2: LNF, 1DBKE
    DC22: 345.420092
    Thema V1.0: LNF, DNC
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    24 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Alex McBride is a criminal barrister. He is the author of the 'Common Law' column in Prospect magazine and has contributed to the New Statesman and various BBC programmes, including From Our Own Correspondent.
    Review quote
    Terrific. McBride details his own cock-ups and disasters with the relish of the born humorous writer. Very funny Daily Mail Expert, authoritative, hilarious - an insider's fearless account of life at the criminal bar -- Craig Raine TLS, Books of the Year Gripping, engaging, compelling. The real life of criminal barristers is expertly caught Literary Review An excellent blend of anecdote and more serious discussion -- Tom Bingham, author of The Rule of Law Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Award for Non-Fiction 2010 -- CWA Judges