'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 10 years whom 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 firsthand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system and a guide to 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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©2018 The Secret Barrister (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio
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 "Eye-opening, damning and hilarious." (Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and Fall Out
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4 out of 5 stars
By Halfgirlhalfwotsit on 26-03-18

A funny, interesting narrative about life as a barrister

It wasn’t what I thought I was buying but I was unexpectedly hooked from the beginning.
I thought it would be a confessional type thing but it was a highly informative, amusing and sometimes sad look at the British judicial system and how lacking it can be. What I have been left pondering is the truism of ‘better a guilty man go free than an innocent man be wrongly convicted’
I really want to do jury service now!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 29-03-18

everyone one should read

i cannot express strongly enough how important this book is. buy it. read it. share it and absorb what it says and means. you never know when its implications will affect you or those you love

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