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on 25 February 2014
This is an interesting collection of the flotsam and jetsam of Magistrates' Courts. The courts covered in this book are not, perhaps, entirely typical of those outside London, but in one respect they are - all human life is there. The book is divided into short chapters, each one a tale of a particular case and the characters involved. some are sad, some upbeat and end happily, some tales are told because of the unintended humour that lightens a grey day in court. I would recommend everyone to go and spend at least one day in the public gallery at your local Magistrates' Court, and then read this book; that way the reader gets more context in which to read the stories. Well put together, readable in single chapters for ten minutes or so each, or in a longer session. Nothing over-exciting, but a good insight into the characters that make up the cast in a Magistrates' Court.
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on 13 March 2013
Amusing tales of (some not so) petty crimes! Black humour combined with moments of compassion make for a compelling and entertaining read. Short but sweet - perfect for the morning commute.
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on 15 March 2013
Great short stories told from the inside of London's lower courts. Perfect for Londoners as some of the humour is city-specific - for example in the tale `Little Orphan Annie' where she attempts to sell an overpriced Travel Card she finds on the floor at Victoria Station, and `All the Queen's Horses' where Jina illegally sells hot dogs outside Buckingham Palace. Non London folk should not be put off though; there are plenty of stories to go around!
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on 14 March 2013
Dodd perfectly captures humorous elements of the court room and the characters within it, from 'day time' prostitutes to senile pensioners. A very enjoyable short read, but not for you if you are expecting a hard hitting account of serious crimes. I also enjoyed the extract from Alex Rudd's `London Call-Out' which was included at the end, and will be reading that next!
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on 26 January 2015
A wonderful collection of stories and observations from (the late) John Dodd, looking back on his days as a London court reporter. All human life is here! Funny, wry and surprising, with the occasional dash of pathos.
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on 22 December 2013
I thought this would be an amusing read, but it is actually a rather dull set of reports about characters appearing in the dock at magistrates' courts. Fine for a bit of light reading - if you are bored.
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on 3 January 2014
A welcome reversion to providing the human drama that occurs in the Judicial system every day. Humorous; well-written and a really enjoyable read.
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