Machiavelli didn't write about trainee barristers, but if he had done so he may well have come up with BabyBarista - the narrator of this excellent book, and one of four pupils fighting for a single tenancy at a legal chambers. Seeking to impress the established tenants whilst attempting to facilitate the downfall of his competitors, BabyB resorts to increasingly underhand tactics to secure the place; usually with unexpected and hilarious results.
As with all good books the action revolves around some carefully crafted (and crafty) characters, most of whom are referred to by their `blog' titles throughout - a modern and very pleasing touch. Tim Kevan has drawn on his own experience as a barrister to bring us into a rarefied legal world in a style that is both entertaining and illuminating. If we believe that barristers are the very epitome of probity, then we evidently do so at our peril.
BabyBarista and the Art of War is a well-written, well-paced, very funny page-turner and one of the most enjoyable books I have read for a long time. I look forward to following more adventures of this fascinating character.