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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905798288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905798285
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Seddon is a well-known and highly experienced author, responsible for numerous titles including three books in the successful Strangest... series. Other publications include Football Talk, A Football Companion and The Little Book of Derby County, as well as a comprehensive biography of Derby County legend Steve Bloomer (Peter is a lifelong Rams fan).

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
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A lawyer friend give me this book for Christmas and I simply cannot recommend it highly enough for its sheer entertainment.

Now, it is fair to say that, as I come from a legal family, I probably have more insight than many into some of the contents but, quite frankly, I feel that, for sheer amusement value, this book is hard to beat. It is the kind of volume that one places in the bathroom for the delectation of guests knowing that it will not only keep them well entertained, but also cheer their day considerably. Had I found it in this manner, I would most certainly have asked my host to loan it to me!

Anyway, to the substance of the book. It consists of a motley selection of cases dating back over centuries and includes not only the hilarious but also the curious. Interestingly enough, it starts with the trial of Christ. Peter Seddon writes in an engaging and amusing style which demonstrates a clear eye for an unusual turn of phrase and his description of the judiciary and varied appellants and defendents had me howling with laughter at times.

I have a number of favourite cases. The libel case involving Liberace, for example, was hugely amusing and Seddon's writing brought a sense of immediacy to the story - quite frankly, I have rarely laughed so much and the book would have been worth buying for this alone. One should not, however, forget the story of the cats who ate their kindly owner after her demise and the extraordinarily petty cases that came to no less a place than the Old Bailey (The shocking Affair of the Rolled up Umbrella). Shipman even gets a look in - as does a rather interesting predecessor.

Why only four stars? Well this is because I felt that I would have liked some longer cases in the book to "get my teeth into", so to speak.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Supriya53 on 13 Aug. 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As a law student it puts a light funny side to the heavy reading of cases. Would recommend for any would be lawyer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grasshopper - GH - 2011 on 13 April 2013
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This is a delightful book, revealing some of the most unusual legal cases which have happened over the years. Some of them are famous, with cases like the 'Lady Chatterley' trial and the Scopes case. Written in a relaxed, chatty style, the author entertains his readers without going into too much legalese.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A reader in England on 29 Nov. 2012
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My copy of this book went astray in the mail--then six months later, it suddenly turned up, with apologies from Royal Mail. It was worth the wait. None of the stories are less than interesting, and some are extraordinary. This will give you a new insight into human nature. Either you'll shake your head in righteous despair, or (perhaps more likely) you'll burst out laughing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. J. Wilson on 6 Jan. 2013
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This book went down well with my friend, who is a lawyer. He seemed suitably amused by the stories and I can recommend it to lay people too!
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By Hal Marshall TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 July 2015
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My copy of the book that is on trial before you here today has led an insignificant life during the six months or so it has spent being shuffled between my house and that of its original intended recipient.

I'm not quite sure who its target audience was ever supposed to be. Indeed, I'm not entirely convinced that even its author could confidently answer that. It certainly doesn't appear to have been any of the people who have so far encountered my copy of it. And, being as how it has spent most of its life in my smallest room that number must, quite comfortably, run into double figures.

With the court's permission, I would like to take a closer look at one or two of this book's less-than-enthusiastic browsers. We're a motley crew and no mistake but - since we clearly are, none of us, who this book appeals to - perhaps we may be of some small value to any other potential purchaser.

Right then. First witness!

The Lawyer
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An awkward person to purchase Christmas gifts for anyway this one, on account of his extremely expensive tastes yet relatively poor close relatives. I won't pretend that an awful lot of thought went into my purchase - he's a lawyer and this book was going to cost me less than a bottle of Scotch, that was about the sum total of things. The book looked to be a worthy compromise though. After all, 'The Law's Strangest Cases' does sound like a work that will entertain a legal professional for an hour or two, does it not?

This book is written by a legal layman and, no doubt because of that, manages to condense a whole load of legal proceedings into only a very few pages. That's a rare skill indeed - admirable, no less.

But... lawyers don't like things to be abridged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By para3drop on 17 Mar. 2015
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A witty resume of over eighty court cases varying from brutal murder to trivial crimes which have tested the judgement of the country's best law practitioners. The author adopts a lighthearted approach, using frivolous language and double entendres to highlight the vagueness which can appear in the application of the law and shows how the personalities of those involved can add to the confusion.
The brutality of many of the crimes referred to in this book is clear, but Peter Seddon is not writing about this aspect of court work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nevermore on 27 May 2014
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This book is a joy to read, with a wide variety of cases, ranging from drunken-ness to murder, and everything in between. Some of the cases are famous, such as the 'Lady Chatterley' trial, and the Scopes case. They range from the time of Christ to the modern era, and are all told in a relaxed, chatty style which is easily readable by casual readers as well as law students, and with a fine dose of humour too.
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