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Title:
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken
Written by:
The Secret Barrister 
Read by:
Jack Hawkins 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 
Duration:
11 hours 51 minutes 
Published:
July 28 2018 
Available Date:
July 28 2018 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529002935 
Genres:
Non-fiction; British; Law; Political; Politics & Current Affairs; True Crime 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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The Sunday Times bestseller

An anonymous barrister writes a darkly comic, provocative and moving first-hand account of life in the legal system and how it's failing us all.

'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.

'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