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Law and Peace: The BabyBarista Files (Baby Barista Files 2) [Paperback]

Tim Kevan
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10 May 2012 Baby Barista Files 2

BabyBarista may have won the battle for tenancy, but the war has just begun.

In his pupilage year, BabyBarista learned the hard way that dirty tricks and a faulty moral compass are essential items in a young lawyer's briefcase. Now, as the newest tenant in chambers, he must face down old enemies, try to win compensation for a group of ASBO-attracting pensioners, and unravel the complicated knots of his love life - not to mention his mother's finances.

Under the wise and watchful eye of OldRuin, BabyBarista tries to keep his nose (and his wig) clean, but when SlipperySlope, an unscrupulous solicitor offers him a quick way out of his financial difficulties he soon becomes embroiled in blackmail, dodgy share-dealing and the dark arts of litigation. With his old adversary, TopFirst out for revenge, and the chance to be awarded a coveted 'red bag' at stake, BabyBarista must use all the tricks of his trade to extricate himself from his legal quagmire, win the case for his mad old clients, and somehow convince his best friend to fall in love with him.

Chronicling the hilarious and sometimes almost unbelievable absurdities of the modern bar, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, Law and Peace is a funny, fast-paced Machiavellian romp through the legal world.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408821753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408821756
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Kevan is the author of The BabyBarista Files, a series of novels published by Bloomsbury. Law and Disorder (2009) was described by The Times as "a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary" and Law and Peace (2011) was described by the Daily Mail as a "funny, sharp account of backstabbing Bar life...highly recommended" and by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as "a novel bursting with invention". They are based on the BabyBarista Blog which previously appeared on The Guardian website for two years and The Times website for three years. He practised as a barrister in London for ten years and co-founded two legal businesses, one of which has since been sold to Thomson Reuters. He lives by the sea in Braunton in North Devon with his wife Louise and daughter Grace and enjoys surfing and walking his dog Jack.

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Review

This funny, sharp account of backstabbing Bar life ... comes highly recommended (Daily Mail)

Excellent (Guardian)

PRAISE FOR LAW AND DISORDER:

'A wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud ... You'll never look at a young lawyer in the same way again' (Jeremy Vine)

A cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary ... a gallop of a read (The Times)

For all those aspiring advocates who believe they are entering a glamorous or even principled profession, this book is essential reading (Independent)

In ever-more wicked and devilishly-funny ways, from hacking into someone's Facebook page to committing identity fraud, BabyB tumbles down the slippery slope from eager competitiveness to underhand racketeering faster than you can say "Objection your honour" (Big Issue)

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The adventures of Baby Barista continue in the second of the Baby Barista files

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BabyBarista book two - bravo! 3 May 2011
By Looby
Format:Paperback
Not being a legal bod myself I was a little unsure of what to expect of The BabyBarista Files but after reading the first in the series, Law & Disorder, I can safely say you don't need to work in the legal profession to thoroughly enjoy these tales. If you watched the BBC programme Silk and were intrigued by life in chambers but wanting the best of British humour at the same time then these are the books for you.

Book two reunites the main character, BabyB with his nemesis, TopFirst, for lots more back stabbing and underhand tactics whilst a case involving some potty pensioners, the "Moldies", rumbles on. There's a whole host of genuinely interesting characters, including the wise and wistful OldRuin, OldSmoothie, the barrister they all love to hate and introducing a few new ones, my favourite of which goes by the name of Smutton. I'd say Law and Peace is a tad more saucy than the first, which is never a bad thing in my book.

It's a book that delivers on a lot of levels, there's plenty of humour, a good plot, some sage wisdom and even a bit of romance for good measure - i'm already looking forward to the next instalment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the `Baby Barista Files' 3 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Book: Baby Barista Files: Law and DisorderLaw and Disorder: Confessions of a Pupil Barrister and Law and PeaceLaw and Peace
Author: Tim Kevan
Publisher: Bloomsbury.

As I am sure every law student is fully aware: law is NO easy ride. The prospects of being catapulted into the legal world are daunting to say the least. No matter how many text books we read, or how well we try to prepare ourselves, the fierce competition that greets us on arrival will undoubtedly be a tremendous shock to the system.

No longer pacified by university comforts, the high stakes and intense nature of the crawl up the ladder to the legal profession may leave some students throwing toys out of their pram. This is certainly the case in Kevan's hilarious `Baby Barista Files', which follows the journey of `Baby Barista' from his first day as a pupil to his subsequent year of tenancy. Both books provide a riotous account of the backhanded tricks; unscrupulous efforts; and down right outrageous strategies employed by pupils such as ourselves. And so, the frantic attempts of those trying to embark from the nest of academia, into the role of a high flying legal eagle prove to be highly amusing. In Baby Barista's case it is evidently not a smooth transition. For all those students considering a career at the Bar I would suggest these books to be an essential summer read.

Although the files are purely fictional, the author Tim Kevan has experienced his fair share of `law and disorder' in his previous career, as an ex-barrister.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Law and Peace 23 May 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I came across this book quite by chance while browsing the local library's shelves, and thought it looked like it might be amusing. The diary of BabyB's first year in Chambers, through trials (literally and figuratively) and tribulations (ditto) both personal and professional. I found some of the law references and procedures rather confusing, as I was unfamiliar with much of it. But the gist of the story is witty and sharp, and the shenanigans that they all got up to were certainly amusing. A good lighthearted read, and one which leaves you wondering what's going on in your lawyer's office when you're not there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A sequel that could just as easily a standalone volume, Law and Peace carries on BabyBarista's [mis]adventures from the end of Law and Disorder. The familiar roster of main characters returns with some inspired new faces, including JudgeFetish and ScandalMonger.

Following on from Law and Disorder, BabyBarista has completed his pupillage and been awarded a tenancy within chambers. However, TopFirst, BabyB's arch-nemesis is out for blood, and so begins the next year. Tim Kevan uses a Tory MP (`BigMouth') claiming libel and some OAP's claiming that mobile telephone masts are damaging their health (`The Moldies') to provide the narrative backdrop to all of BabyB's Machiavellian exploits. While these plot lines are integral to the events that follow, it's BabyB and his machinations that provide the excitement. While BabyB consistently uses underhand, and often scandalous, methods to achieve his ends, Kevan knows where to draw the line; everything is kept within the bounds of plausibility.

For those who haven't read Law and Disorder - do not be put off! BabyB's narrative style ensures that every character has a fresh introduction, while the creative monikers given to the other characters help the reader to effortlessly remember the parts they play as the story progresses. Equally, readers without any particular interest in the law or legal professions can enjoy this work: the legal profession simply provides scenery for what could just as well be a satire on internal politics in any organisation. The only word of warning I can give is to beware the diary format - the fact that the entries for some days are less than a page have meant that I've spent more than one night reading until the early hours by telling myself "I'll just see what happens tomorrow...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars what. suburb read.
I love this book. Read it straight after the first. Well written and very funny. I recommend this 100 percent.
Published 4 months ago by Carl Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking insight into life at Chambers
Having read the first Baby Barista novel this one really is as good as the last. Highly recommend. This seller was excellent, speedy service and the book arrived in almost... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Olwen Steadman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, not as good as the 1st one
Interesting insight into the world of barristers, however not as interesting as the first one. Was a lot of tying up loose ends. However good read and enjoyed the diary format
Published 11 months ago by Sofia
2.0 out of 5 stars Didnt like the style of the book
Alough I particularly like legalistic type books I still havent finished this book as I found it hard going and really didnt like the style in which it was written.. .
Published 19 months ago by Jenny Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable comedy read.
Easily maintains the standards set by the first book, and a must-read for me since I have invested so much interest in the lead character. Read more
Published 24 months ago by S. D. Yates
1.0 out of 5 stars utter garbage
As a litigation solicitor ( no, not like Slippery Slope) of 25years I thought I might enjoy this book
Wrong; it is simply diabolical. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by Mont Blanc
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Peace and then there's Law and Peace
This was a great read and a dangerously credible insight into the mystery that is Law. Tim Kevan reveals the secrets of the extraordinary priesthood of the Bar and pokes gentle... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell
5.0 out of 5 stars It should be made a compulsory read for law students and lawyers!
One of my greatest regrets was not reading Law and Disorder before deciding whether to go to Bar School or not. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Nazmin Akthar
5.0 out of 5 stars Law and Peace
This, the second of Tim Kevan's fictional books on pupillage in chambers, is a superb follow on from Law and Disorder. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Lizzie Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars If only there were a sixth star . . .
Another hit from Tim Kevan! Babybarista comes alive in this second novel, becoming more of a likeable rogue than he was in the first. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Scott
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