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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Neville-Douglas Publishing Ltd.; 1st Paperback Printing edition (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901853772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901853773
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you laugh out loud -- Gervase Phinn

In the tradition of James Herriot...this book shines with humour and warmth -- Good Book Guide

The Rumpole of Rotherham -- The Times

The legal James Herriot -- Yorkshire Post

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Reviews for Boozers, Ballcock and Bail:

This is the first of a series of comic legal books. His anecdotes take us
swiftly through both hilarious and heart-rending episodes in his life,
almost always concerning his clients on the wrong side of the law.
Stephen Smith has decided to branch out into his own practice as a criminal
lawyer in Rotherham. We are introduced to his regular clients, including
Albert and his family, together with staff and friends. Albert is the
youngest son of the Heptonstall family, who supply the practice with much
of its work. He is mischievous and his tricks include giving Stephen some
used chewing gum via a handshake and `borrowing' a police car. We also meet
Mrs Mott, the office cleaner, who is a modern day Mrs Mallaprop.
I found it very difficult to put this book down as I was drawn into the
life of his compelling, foolish, pathetic and sometimes bizarre characters.
If you ever wondered why solicitors in your court keep disappearing, or
what they do before and after court, then this book will give you a
hilarious insight into another world - John Newton JP in The Magistrate

At the other end of the legal spectrum is the vastly experienced Stephen D.
Smith. His entertaining book Boozers, Ballcocks and Bail charts his work as
a solicitor in Rotherham. In 1981 he established the firm Wilford Smith,
which has become one of the leading practices in the area. Smith's style is
conversational in an eminently readable book about the high and low lives
of this South Yorkshire town. The "ballcocks" of the title refers to the
faulty fitting in the firm's first toilet that used to dislodge and assault
anyone who had the courage to use it. But the book also has some poignant
tales, such as the one about Lorraine Wilson, who called on Smith to
protect her from her abusive husband. Quickly, the solicitor applied for an
injunction, but his client failed to turn up to court. Her violent husband
had approached her the previous evening, "took a knife from his pocket and
stabbed her several times". John Wilson is still in prison, serving life
for her murder - The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This is less a story, more a well written, witty, hillarious and enjoyable memoir into the life of a criminal lawyer. I could not put the book down, I feel as if I know the author, his mates and the characters that have flown in and out of his professional life. A great read, a great author. I have just ordered the rest of the series!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Winstone on 6 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book on a plane to the Bahamas. Our flight had been delayed for eight hours during the recent difficulties at UK airports and the start to our break had been beset with problems. I was not in the mood for laughter and wanted simply to be angry and dissappointed. I read the first ten pages of this book and forgot all about the flights, the delays, my youngest child not being able to take her juice on board, the fact there was no meal on the flight and that I'd not eaten for thirteen hours, because I was transported into another poor sod's world, a world where the most bizarre characters (the solicitor's very stange clients) completely knackered up his days and nights. This man tells such a funny story I would defy anyone, miserable or otherwise, not to laugh, cry and escape into a more crackers world than the one we all live in!

Brilliant, brilliant brilliant!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Callum Scott on 6 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I always asked myself 'how can a solicitor defend a man who's plainly guilty of a crime?' This book explains the way it works in no uncertain terms and in the most honest and refreshing way. But, be warned, you're sides will hurt when you've finished. It's hilarious!

I saw the author give a speech recently at a benefit fundraisier for cancer research. He was the auctioneer, after dinner speaker and Master of Ceremonies and raised a fortune for the charity. People simply couldn't refuse to enter into the swing because of this man's humour and enthusiasm which is amazing given what he has seen and experienced in his life as a solicitor to scum and the wrongly accused alike.

I thought I'd see if his book was as funny as he was so I bought a copy a few days later. I read it that night. I couldn't put it down! I can recommend this book to anyone who thinks they work hard. This man is a matriarch and his book is truly hilarious!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Goodman on 18 Jan. 2011
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Stephen Smith is one of the best courtroom lawyers I have ever seen in action. This book, and his other books, are brilliant - hilariously funny, deeply moving at times and he gives you a real confidence and faith in the English criminal court advocate. Stephen Smith actually cares about his clients, he enjoys his work - and he seems to find the quirkiest, oddest clients possible! His tales are courtroom classics, and can be read over and again with great enjoyment. A wonderful man and a wonderful writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jolly Olly on 30 Sept. 2012
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I live only 7 miles away from the practice that the author talks about (His own firm, actually) The locality was the first appeal. However, this book is an easy read, very entertaining, makes you happy, sad, LOL. It has the lot. I look forward to purchasing his other books from Amazon. (Might have to be for my KINDLE, I have just received one as a present for my birthday 27th September) Anyway, back to business. It doesn't really matter what type of books you usually read, this one is really well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. M. Jackson on 7 Dec. 2012
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Really recomend this book. It was an excellent read giving an insight to a solicitors life in the eighties. You feel that you are getting to know some his clients as well as he did. Very amusing tales.
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