The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister : Stories of the Law and How It's Broken

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'I'm a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm-twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare-provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee-supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.'

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing.

How can you defend a child-abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believe to be innocent? What is the law and why do we need it?

And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like.

Both a searing first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide on how we got into this mess, the Secret Barrister wants to show you what it's really like and why it really matters.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 146 x 134 x 28mm | 239g
  • Bolinda/Macmillan Audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1529002931
  • 9781529002935
  • 1,118,095

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'Eye-opening, damning and hilarious.' -- Tim Shipman, author of All Out War 'Dishes the dirt - or serves up a slice of reality - on what barristers do.' -- The Times '... mordantly clear, chillingly well-observed and terrifyingly funny.' -- A.L.Kennedy, Booker-listed author
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About The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law. The Secret Barrister writes for Solicitors Journal, New Statesman and INews and has written pieces in the Sun, the Mirror and Huffington Post.

In 2016, the Secret Barrister was named Independent Blogger of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. Jack Hawkins is a British stage, film and television actor who attended Oxford University and graduated from LAMDA. He has appeared on the West End in Birdsong, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Harvey, and toured internationally with Cheek by Jowl to perform at the Sydney Theatre and BAM in New York. Jack has also appeared on television in Call the Midwife, New Tricks, Casualty and Holby City, and in the feature films Writers Retreat and The Head Hunter. He is also a narrator, lending his voice to audiobooks by bestselling authors Bernard Cornwell, Toby Clements and Andy McNab.
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3 21% (3,616)
2 6% (995)
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