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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (22 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509841105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509841103
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 430 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By turns eye-opening, damning and hilarious, the secret barrister lifts the lid on a legal system where the system, the politicians, the lack of funding and sometimes the judges are the real villains and the victims are all of us (Tim Shipman, author of Fall Out and All Out War)

The Secret Barrister can write...everyone who has any interest in public life should read it...this is a book of some brilliance, clearly explained, cogently argued (Daily Mail)

Takes the reader deep into the bowels of the criminal justice system...the message of this entertaining book is delivered with great skill...the book is at once a lament and a celebration...the justice system as not just for criminals and victims but for all of us - it is the symbol of our nation's humanity (The Times)

Terrifying and occasionally hilarious... this is an eye-opening, if depressing, account of the practice of law today. Perhaps there is hope, but the author leaves us in no doubt that urgent reform is needed (The Observer)

This excellent book will hopefully raise awareness of what has been, until now, a silent crisis. It is at once a vicious polemic, a helpful primer and a cringe-inducing account of one barrister's travails (Daily Telegraph)

A sensation beyond lawyers’ circles. The Secret Barrister is an anguished, detailed polemic by an anonymous current practitioner about how dangerously flawed, fragile and underfunded our famed legal system has become . . . an SOS, a desperate and cogent call for action and resources before the justice system, and our faith in it, collapses . . . I hope the arguments . . . will resonate widely – and that the government will act on them before it is too late. (Jenni Russell Sunday Times)

The unfolding calamity in our criminal justice system is best told in The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken. This angry yet forensic analysis from first arrest to prison is a gripping front-line view by an anonymous, lowly criminal barrister. Read and rage at evidence that “every day the provably guilty walk free”, while the hapless needlessly end up in jail. (Polly Toynbee Guardian)

Fluently and engagingly written...a copy of this book should be placed on the desk of every judge, every trainee lawyer, every would-be lawyer, every politician, and every minister responsible for the legal system (The Literary Review)

An illuminating and timely insight into the legal system, transforming arcane practice into accessible and fascinating anecdote (Sunday Express)

If you have not already met The Secret Barrister, he or she makes an entertaining and acerbic holiday companion for those who don’t switch off their brains in summer (Hilary Mantel Guardian, Best Summer Books 2018)

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An anonymous barrister writes a darkly comic, provocative and moving first-hand account of life in the legal system and how it's failing us all

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