BabyBarista and the Art of War Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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`If you wanted reassurance that the gentlemen and ladies of the Bar were exactly that ... then prepare for a highly entertaining disappointment. Tim Kevan's BabyBarista is hardly a hero ... but he's very clever, very funny, and his double dealing antics had me gripped. They also made me sincerely hope I never need the services of a junior barrister.' -- Katie Derham, newsreader and broadcaster
`BabyBarista is a classic British comedy set in a world of vanity, egos and cut-throat ambition that puts even the acting profession into the shade. It's sassy, sexy and hilariously funny.' -- Denise Welch, Loose Women
`BabyBarista provides an entertaining and highly amusing insight into the mysterious world of wigs and gowns. Right from the start the gloves are off and the fight for tenancy is no less dramatic than a top class boxing match. It's a terrific read which makes you both laugh and keep the pages turning. It also confirms what I've always suspected - that the courtroom is not so different from the boxing ring.' -- Barry McGuigan MBE, former World Featherweight Boxing Champion
`With every turn of the page, my eyebrows moved slightly further up my forehead. There was I, assuming the junior bar was crammed with the serious and the high-minded, where the only trace of ambition is the politest nudge ... BabyBarista shows the eagles and eaglets with their talons out and their feathers up. It is a wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud - and we all just have to pray that none of it is true. You'll never look at a young lawyer in the same way again.' -- Jeremy Vine, broadcaster and journalist
`BabyBarista is a classic British comedy set in a world of vanity, egos and cut-throat ambition that puts even the acting profession into the shade. It's sassy, sexy and hilariously funny.'See all Product description
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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.
1. Purchase Mr Kevan's other tome-"Why Lawyers Should Surf" and
2. Use the book as a stocking filler for all of my other friends.
NOTE TO SELF; Order half a dozen copies of BabyB before December 25th!!
In style its a cross between "Rumploe" infused I thought with shades of "it should not happen to a vet". The book takes you into the murky machievellian world of the pupil barrister and is set in the context of the "dog eat dog" world of unnatural selection to the holy grail of a full time place in a set of barristers chambers.
The author is a well regarded Barrister in his own right and his skill in writing is very evident. The characters are sharply defined , the plot swift and precise . Where the book to my mind really excelled was in depicting the relationships between Solicitors and Barristers and had some smashing laugh out loud moments where the exchange between the Barristers and Judges was depicted.
The book was addictive. Once started I did not want to put it down and that for me is rare. I can see this story as a television series and I hope the author reads this post and gets another book out soon because Rumpoles author is so sadly no longer with us but Rumpoles successor has I think secured his place in Chambers and I predict a good career ahead.....
Buy this book its worth EVERY penny.
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