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Norman Birkett: The Life of Lord Birkett of Ulverston (True Crime) Paperback – 30 Mar 1989

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140113452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140113457
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.6 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's an old addage I know, but they say never judge a book by its cover - Lord Devlin, when preparing his judgment in the Dr Adams case (see my Amazon review) preferred a large cigar and a small brandy to aid his contemplation. I recommend the same to anyone thinking of reading Lord Birkett's wonderful life story.

My book was a little `fusty' having presumably languished for some time on a damp bookshelf. This did not detract from my enjoyment however, indeed it accentuated the pleasure because Lord Birkett's guiding star was his `personal integrity', perhaps a somewhat `fusty' and outmoded concept itself in today's society.

No one reading H Montgomery Hyde's book can fail to be inspired that a draper's son can rise to the highest pinnacles of public life. Pinnacles too many to mention here, but including those of Nuremburg trial judge, Lord of Appeal, Law Lord, Privy Councillor, and many others. But throughout he remained often depressed and filled with self-doubt saying he feared he would never be the perfect judge; he hadn't enough impudence to believe he was always right!

His sadness and loneliness on the bench is palpable; he missed the cut and thrust of advocacy. But, as his selfless attitude to the Nuremberg war trials show, he was always ready to fulfill his public duty.

His description of the qualities required of an advocate p551, and of what it takes to be a judge worthy of the title p545, to my mind provide textbook definitions and essential reading for anyone contemplating a life at the bar. But he was not above a sense of irony, stating that in his opinion most Lords of Appeal were deaf and learned counsel for the most part inaudible!

There is no disguising the author's understandable passion for his subject.
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Just fills in some blanks......with true results!
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Fascinating account of an extraordinary man.
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Excellent autobiography about a fascinating lawyer
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