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My Brief Career: The Trials of a Young Lawyer Paperback – 1 Mar 2005
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"An hilarious account of the splendid miseries of being a pupil in a barrister's chambers" -- John Mortimer
...well-written, in a style so close to Evelyn Waugh as to be almost pastiche... -- Jonathan Sumption, Sunday Telegraph (Review) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Harry Mount is deputy comment editor on the Daily Telegraph. He trained to be a lawyer in the early 1990s. He lives in London. This is his first book.
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Alright, I guess, but jolly brief. It is the kind of book that can be read in an evening - nothing wrong with that, but is in an expensive evening (Ok, the hourly rate is nothing near the one charged by UK lawyers).
Brief and superficial. I was looking for some interesting insights in the way The Law works (note the capital T and capital L). I was disappointed - it reads more like a student's 'what I did in my holidays' than a serious book. In fact, I got the definite impression that it was on par with a long article in a Sunday newspaper.
Mister Mount did much, much better with his ode to Latin. Maybe it is because he is not in love with The Law?
My advice: save your money.
2) It was too short.
I look forward to reading any future books
I think the book could have gone into more detail about the silly laws on of the bar.
It is, at times, very funny (almost laugh out loud funny) and offers an interesting insight into pupilage. I am not sure however if it accurately reflects what most people experience during their time at the Bar. Furthermore, throughout the book I got the feeling that many of the criticisms Harry Mount was making were essentially premised on the fact that he chose a profession that didn't fit his personality - hence he found pupilage rather dull. He is clearly much better suited to being a journalist.
That said, I have given this book 4 stars. It is very readable. It is light reading - great for a plane flight or holiday. I don't think it would put me off the Bar but it certainly gives an interesting insight into what it could me like.
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