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Sir William Garrow: His Life, Times and Fight for Justice Kindle Edition
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"I will put it now to you" that I was positively surprised when, some pages into the book, it became clear that the authors had found the right words to satisfy both groups of readers: the curious professional and the professionally curious ones.
I'm aware that the biography of a lawyer is probably not the first choice when it comes to reading for leisure, but I can promise you that you will not be bored. Be prepared for a wake-up call, though - by diving into the legal world of the 18th and 19th century, you might get to appreciate our legal system more once you realise just how much it has changed for the better in terms of humanity and the value and respect given to human life.
Some will argue (and to a point I agree) that today's society is too focused on the criminals and does not do enough for the victims. But still, who would want to return to a time when people got hanged for a theft of goods worth 30s? I mean, who but the readers of certain tabloids?
This book contains Garrow's history, his family background, his unusual relationship with Lady Sarah, some of his cases (with excerpts of his cross-examinations) and describes the changes he initiated in British law and, as a consequence, in British society. It's well-structured, easy to read and understand.
Don't let the excellent TV show "Garrow's Law" fool you, though: Sir William Garrow wasn't a knight in shining armour.Read more ›
I would have liked more of his original addresses to the court, and less of the genealogy, which in my opinion was really only of interest to Garrow's extended family.
I think a pamphlet - or perhaps two pamphlets, one for the genealogy and one for the law - would have covered the information.
It will, then, be no surprise that many readers of this book will come to it as a result of enjoying the successful TV series `Garrow's Law'.
That need not be an issue as long as such readers are not expecting the `tabloid' or `sound bite' styles preferred by many of the current spate of `celebrity' biographies or autobiographies.
The expectations created by such styles, and the passive involvement often engendered by watching TV in general, may have made some people less inclined to commit actively to the `serious read' we are offered in this book.
That said, it is not a `heavy read' given that it has much to offer to even casual non-specialist readers in that it explores areas of social, legal, political and other history that still affect today's society and still find resonance in current debates over matters such as human rights (see consideration of the Bill of Rights 1689 on, for example, page 31) and the proposed restrictions on publically funded legal aid as part of the current Coalition Government's financial review.
After the necessary introductory and background features of Chapter 1 the book gets its teeth into its subject matter.
Whereas Garrow may have been just one of a number crusading lawyers in the latter part of the 18th century, he is certainly presented as one the most active and prominent and many of the criminal court issues he championed (e.g. presumption of innocence, adversarial proceedings, right to legal representation, rules of evidence, hearsay rules etc) are well-known and valued aspects of our current criminal procedure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looks very interesting.... just started to read it, but it's fascinating so far!!Published 7 months ago by A bookworm
A lovely Christmas present for my husband. He enjoys the tv series - Garrow's Law and I thought the book on Sir William Garrow would be an interesting gift. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rita Hovington
Rates with the very best films and storylines - excellent acting and fairly faithfully to the great barrister's life story. Informative and entertaining. Will view it often.Published on 8 April 2015 by Kindle Customer
Have watched "Garrow's Law" it is good to get another perspectivePublished on 4 April 2015 by john edwards
Enjoyed learning more of William Garrow, also the television series.
Garrow was ambitious and rose to high office, but not so steadfast to his lady love as one would have... Read more
I am starting to enjoy this book and would fully recommend as reading for members of legal profession, or if you are a budding legal student. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2014 by John Bro