The Law's Strangest Cases: Extraordinary But True Incidents from Over Five Centuries of Legal History (Strangest Series) Paperback – 27 Mar 2008
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
The brutality of many of the crimes referred to in this book is clear, but Peter Seddon is not writing about this aspect of court work.
The cases described cover a broad Historical period.
Even if you are not particularly interested in Law of itself ,you will find the cases surprising and enlivened by the authors
An enjoyable easy read,which is that bit different.
I would recommend this book to anyone who fancies something a bit funny with a serious edge to it. At the time of reading I was using this as downtime from my dissertation and it was perfect to help me switch off at the end of the day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an entertaining read especially for anyone with any connection to the court system. Written in a style that makes it easy to read.Published 23 days ago by Steven
These two books are a brilliant overview of some very quirky matters. Bite size portions containing all the facts and informed comment. Recommended.Published 1 month ago by Avid listener
This book got me through my exams, as I found whilst studying law in-depth it can become boring and you forget why you love the subject so much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wonderfuĺy written and makes you realisd how strick the laws were back then.Published 3 months ago by Patrick Field