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The Law's Strangest Cases: Extraordinary But True Incidents from Over Five Centuries of Legal History (Strangest Series) [Paperback]

Peter Seddon
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27 Mar 2008 Strangest Series
Author Peter Seddon gives life to over five centuries of bizarre, macabre and sometimes hilarious criminal cases. You'll be gripped by tales of murder, intrigue, crime, punishment and the pursuit of justice. Despite how unbelievable the stories banged up inside these pages may seem, Law's Strangest Cases promises to tell the truth, the whole truthand nothing but the truth about the most ludicrous criminal cases in legal history. Full of riotous and entertaining stories, this book is perfect for anyone who is doing time on a long stretch. Just don't try to steal it, or you may end up inside! Inside you'll encounter: * The only dead parrot ever to give evidence in a court of law * One of the most indigestible dilemmas - if you'd been shipwrecked 2,000 miles from home, would you have eaten Parker the cabin boy? * The doctor with the worst bedside manner of all time * The murderess who collected money from her mummified victim for 21 years Word count: 45,000

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,658 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 13 Aug 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Readable 13 April 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Dec 2012
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Brilliant easy to read book. Book was shipped fast
Good reading for law students who want to learn about strange cases
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary stories 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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4.0 out of 5 stars An addition if studying Law 24 Nov 2012
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Bought this for my son who is studying Law - very interesting and a good read. It was on his list of recommended books for Law students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Law Students! 27 May 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Great value for money
Published 5 days ago by Karl Anthony Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT and humorous! Thoroughy enjoyed reading each individual case:)
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Bognar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely interesting read. Purchased as a gift for a graduating solicitor. Neatly packaged. Arrived punctually.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Valerie Caterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, humourous style!
Bought this as a gift for my Law Tutor as a leaving present and I couldn't help reading a few sections. Well thought out, funny tone with quite an informative aspect. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenny Rosso
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, but unfortunetely not interesting enough to keep me...
when I purchased the book I was thinking it would be full of obnoxious and unbelievable stories, unfortunately there was a large discrepancy between what I imagined there would and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mahmut Ates
4.0 out of 5 stars More Interesting stuff.
Not being a lawyer, I found this book not quite as good as the London Strangest Tales book, but still certainly entertaining and worth reading and dipping into. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A.Sud
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing little number
Bought this for a family member Christmas 2013 and at over 300+ pages it has proved a really entertaining read for them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Delphinium
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I cannot comment as this was a gift for someone but it was in good condition and as described on line.
Published 11 months ago by Louise Gaye Knowles
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
I chose four stars because it was great and weird and wonderful but it was only up to date on when the book was published and not so easy to understand. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Preeti
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
This is the type of case reporting that comes out of the Daily Star. It has the most unpleasant snide tone, picks only sensationalist details and (as an earlier reviewer said)... Read more
Published 20 months ago by JamSandwich
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