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Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice [Paperback]

Helena Kennedy
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7 Oct 1993
Eve Was Framed offers an impassioned, personal critique of the British legal system. Helena Kennedy focuses on the treatment of women in our courts - at the prejudices of judges, the misconceptions of jurors, the labyrinths of court procedures and the influence of the media. But the inequities she uncovers could apply equally to any disadvantaged group - to those whose cases are subtly affected by race, class poverty or politics, or who are burdened, even before they appear in court, by misleading stereotypes.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (7 Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099224410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099224419
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a cogently argued examination of how the British legal system ignores, downgrades, underrates and discriminates against women-Kennedy has properly argued that a profession that practises law and pursues justice must be seen to be just, reasonable, unprejudiced, and open to public scrutiny. Bravissima!" (Julia Neuberger Sunday Times)

"A powerful and authoritative polemic-brave, forceful and eloquent. It may even change things" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A powerful and authoritative polemic-Kennedy cites precedents and incontrovertible evidence to show how a 'web of prejudice, privilege and misinformation affects women' in all their dealings with the law-brave, forceful and eloquent. It may even change things" (Jessica Mann Sunday Telegraph)

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'This is an important book - it will make a substantial difference' Financial Times

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4.0 out of 5 stars Old but good. 9 Aug 2011
This book was unavailable in the library network,but the writer's name told me it would be worth having, a rare instance of a lawyer explaining her trade in honest and simple language. So I was delighted to find it at a bargain price from Amazon.

Kennedy makes the dry details of British law lively and memorable, full of human stories and humane insights. Since the book was written,the law has ponderously moved on - in some ways, however, what Kennedy has to say is still mostly accurate, and is very, very important if we want to live in a free and civilised country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and scholarly book 23 July 2009
Baroness Kennedy draws from her experience in representing women who have been in violent relationships to produce another great book. It is well researched- not just a bunch anecdotes from the courts (unlike quite a few other lawyer generated books about the law). Researchers of the law and social change, domestic violence, feminist studies, and the British legal/judicial system, will find this book particularly useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eve was framed 21 Nov 2005
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As a student wishing to embark in a career in the law. This book opened my eyes to the incriminating state of british 'justice'. Written in a clear, succinct style, Helena Kennedy excels in a field where many other lawyers would dare to tread. Well worth the read either for those who specialise in the law, or for the layman who should be told that such inadequacies lie in our judicial system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eve was Framed 30 Dec 2009
For those students who are studying towards a Law Degree or parocially in this particular subject area, this book is a must read.

The book describes in detail with amble information about the injustice of women within the English system and even those involved in the legal profession itself.

It gives another in sight into immeasurable inbalance and the obstacles that are faced even today in the judicary system as opposed to the European justice thanks DB.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any female in Law or in fact business 31 July 2001
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I read this book as part of a reading list for my Law Degree, at the time I was dubious about reading it and approached is as a chore, thank goodness I did. Since that time I have followed Helena Kennedys work even though I did not follow a career in law.
She is not making a 'feminist' statement more of a detailed backed up comment on the injustice women receive in law, particulary if you are not in the 'middle - upper class' and young women entering law would be wise to read this to keep you focussed on your goal.
This book is and has been a huge inspiration to me throughout my career.
Thank you Helena
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and encouraging. 1 Oct 2013
By Skippy
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What a fantastic piece of writing! From the very beginning of Helena Kennedy's writing I was captured; there was never a dull moment in reading her book. I believe this work to be both inspirational and encouraging for women as well as myself as I embark on my journey towards a career in law. Albeit this was written in 1991, at a moment when prejudices towards women in the British justice system was being acknowledged; I believe - though not at all perfect - presently the situation for women in the British legal system has vastly improved since this book was written. Nevertheless, Kennedy fires the spirit to carry forward progress and continue weeding out prejudices within the system. I profusely recommend this book, not just for the aspiring lawyer, but an excellent read for anybody, especially those doing gender history; social care/work; or any studies that cover gender issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever 3 July 2013
By Preeti
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This book will completely blow you, it's fantastic and I'm only half way through. I would recommend everyone, especially women and girls to read it. It's the best book to read and Kennedy gives so many examples and points which are very unique. Very interesting read and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it is motivating and passionate and just brilliant in it's message.
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