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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Waterside Press (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904380905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904380900
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Easy to read and contains new material on William Garrow': Richard Braby, direct descendant and Garrow biographer. 'Another excellent book from Waterside': Phillip Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers.

About the Author

John Hostettler is one of the UK's leading biographers, having written over 20 biographies and other books on legal history. With Richard Braby, a descendant of Garrow, he was the author of the acclaimed and highly successful Sir William Garrow: His Life, Times and Fight for Justice. This and other works were instrumental in bringing Garrow 'in from the cold'. John Hostettler was filmed in this context for the boxed DVD set which accompanied the award-winning TV series. His new work opens up the stories behind "Garrow's Law" to a wider audience.


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This little book is a MUST for everyone who enjoyed the three series of "Garrow's Law" on TV and who bought the DVDs - or both. It provides background to the series, but more importantly, teases out the fact and fiction in the dramas - it's great stuff.

If I have one small niggle it is this: in the introduction too much reliance is placed upon the opinions of Peter Linebaugh, a self-confessed Marxist. While there is no doubt that Eighteenth century society was deeply stratified, it is simply not true that ALL wealth was inherited, nor that one was stuck for life in the social stratum in which one was born. Far from it! Even the Prayer Book Catechism allows for social mobility: "To do my duty in that station of life to which it SHALL please God to call me." (NOT "to which it HAS pleased God to call me.") Great fortunes were made - and lost - by enterprising merchants. Moreover, by hard work, native wit and a bit of good luck, a family could rise socially. Indeed William Garrow's family illustrates just that: his grandfather was a small farmer. His father (a university graduate)was a schoolmaster and ordained clergyman; his uncle a physician. Garrow continued the upward mobility and his children were rich and socially distinguished.

This small niggle apart, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If the eighteenth century is where you like to roam, this is a really first rate addition to your shelves.
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I am afraid I have to agree with those others who have left critical reviews. This is one book on Garrow too many. There is nothing new here, and the engaging style that some praise escapes me. So much is the pedestrian replication or re-hashing of old material. And the 'revelation' that drama takes liberties with facts is hardly worth writing a book for. This is a pot-boiler turned out to make money on the back of the BBC. The earlier book on Garrow himself also suffered from similar defects. What we need is a good reputable biography of Garrow, whose life, work and associations are fascinating.
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SIR WILLIAM GARROW: THE DRAMA AND THE REALITY AT THE BIRTH OF ADVERSARIAL TRIAL

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

To answer the important point in Bryan Gibson's excellent Preface to this most useful companion to John Hostettler's main work, yes, the book is a serious historic guide for all those viewers enthralled by the TV series "Garrow's Law". It plugs our gaps of knowledge about the reality of the BBC TV drama in both a fair and balanced way to set the record straight.

To many people the study of history is quite disgusting as a subject because the reality is often masked by the creation of myths to hide what has really happened and make it more `homely and loveable'. So, if in doubt about the truth and the legend... then print the legend!

Legal history in particular is not something lawyers can be proud of concerning sentencing and the original processes of the development of the early common law in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, we learn much from the life of William Garrow and Hostettler's companion to the series is most welcome.

Garrow's position is now assured as the pathfinder of modern the adversarial system which has been recognized internationally as the basis of a sound legal system. So what did Garrow achieve? Hostettler sets out to find the truth behind the myths, and he undertakes the task with brilliance and accuracy.
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I very much enjoyed the TV series and wanted to get a deeper understanding of the historical context - in particular why the laws were so biased against the accused at the time Garrow started his career at the Old Bailey. Why, for example, could an attorney not see his client or why was the Barrister not to address the jury. However the book does not answer any of these questions and just rehashes the BBC story-line with the occasional snippet saying that, for example, there is no detailed evidence to support Garrow's affairs and that BBC took some dramatic licence in developing this aspect of the story.
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This book is not for you if you want to know the real Garrow.Half the book is spent giving you a step by step account of the court cases in the TV series and the fact Eskine was the defence in a lot of them. I know that is what the title said about the book, but I think any Garrow fan could have written it.
A lot of the facts given in the book I had already gleaned from reading articles about the programme, as this was bought as a present at the right price I was disappointed with its content as it did not reveal any new facts about Garrow.
£12 for 106 pages is too much considering the content.
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