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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative
This book is a fantastic "Legal Babylon" style exposee of the life of a criminal barrister. Peppered with just the right amount of interesting facts about the history of English law and how today's judicial system came about, it's a lively read. Best of all, it's actually well written, which you don't often get with this kind of book. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly...
Published on 8 April 2010 by Lilac Hell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
brought this book and was expecting to read about some court cases however only read a few chapters and was bored with the tales from the author about his chambers etc not a book I want to continue reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and insightful view of the criminal bar, 25 Jun 2010
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Defending the Guilty is an entertaining and rather scabrous view of the education and work of a barrister by a practitioner. Alex McBride manages the difficult task of laying bare the real workings of the criminal justice system for the lay reader while retailing anecdotes that give a pungent flavour of the life of a barrister-in-training.

An amusing and informative read for the general reader and, I suspect, something of an eye-opener for anybody looking at a career in criminal law.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading, 8 Jun 2010
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This books gives a very good insight in the personal aspects of being a lawyer in the criminal courtroom.
It's entertaining reading and good summer reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Defending the Guilty, 4 Jun 2010
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My wife is currently reading this book and finds it very absorbing. Well done Amazon for the excellent value and service
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations By Far., 16 May 2010
What a wonderful read, great for law students as it really gives you a flavour of what to expect.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book..., 9 May 2010
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Mr. H. Wolstenholme (Somerset) - See all my reviews
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Such a cracking read - simply a great page turner .... gives a true account of the courts but also the self-doubt that goes on - well done Mr. McBride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 3 May 2010
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You don't have to be a legal eagle to find this book very amusing & interesting.It will fill you in.
Whether you're a complete novice or well informed, this book will make you not only smile but laugh out loud.
You will also learn some fascinating details of how the Criminal law works in the UK.
I can thoroughly reccommend this book to all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 8 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Defending the Guilty: Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom (Paperback)
brought this book and was expecting to read about some court cases however only read a few chapters and was bored with the tales from the author about his chambers etc not a book I want to continue reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book, 8 Jan 2014
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The book is amazing, always wanted to read it. Well written and the storyline is very engaging, beautifully written. Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading it!, 15 Dec 2013
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It is a must to read for those who want to know the legal system and it is sooooo funny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 5 Oct 2013
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This book is wry,funny and although I suspect it has been' dressed' up a little it is, in essence, true. It is tightly written, never flags and completely unputdownable. I absolutely loved it.
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