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In Your Defence : True Stories of Life and Law

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'As thrilling as a detective novel.' The Times
'Powerful, moving and often captivating.' Financial Times
'A compelling read for anyone who cares about fairness, justice and humanity.' Observer

The Sunday Times bestseller

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Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice. Sarah weaves their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours.

With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts: these are tales of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law. They are sometimes shocking and they are often heart-stopping. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She also shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.

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What readers are saying:

***** 'Absolutely fascinating . . . thought provoking, powerful and a compelling read.'
***** 'This book broke my heart at times but also contained humour and such poignant insights into the criminal justice system.'
***** 'Sarah writes incredibly well - she's informative while maintaining suspense and tension, and conveys so much emotion in her writing
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 20mm | 220g
  • BLACK SWAN
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784163082
  • 9781784163082
  • 17,096

Review Text

Sarah Langford has reinvented a genre ... [as a barrister she has turned] her experience of 11 criminal cases into short stories that are as compelling as fiction, with the added fascination of being essentially true ... Immensely powerful.
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Sarah Langford has reinvented a genre ... [as a barrister she has turned] her experience of 11 criminal cases into short stories that are as compelling as fiction, with the added fascination of being essentially true ... Immensely powerful. -- Jenni Russell * Sunday Times * A compelling read for anyone who cares about fairness, justice and humanity and should be on the reading list of all politicians and policy-makers. -- Catherine Baksi * Observer * [Langford] combines the demands of her job, the stories of those she represents and her own views and emotions with great skill...powerful, moving and often captivating. -- Barney Thompson * Financial Times * Vivid... surprisingly uplifting. A thoughtful, elegant book. ... it is often as thrilling as a detective novel. And sometimes it is moving: the last chapter had this reviewer in tears. -- Thomas Grant, QC - author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories * The Times * A riveting account of cases she's fought over nearly 10 years in the family courts. These are harrowing stories: of newborns taken by social services, of bitter divorces, of children trapped in the turbulence of addiction, gangs, or both, an unprecedented collection, moving, enraging and desperate, all told in Langford's cool, compelling prose. -- Charlotte Edwardes * Evening Standard *
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About Sarah Langford

Sarah Langford is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law. For ten years, she worked in criminal and family law in London and around the UK. Coming from a farming background in Hampshire, she studied English at University and then worked as a barmaid, legal secretary and note-taking clerk before completing a law conversation and going on to train as a barrister. Sarah left the Bar on maternity leave to have her two small sons. She now lives between Suffolk and London and is writing full time.
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