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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (7 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099224410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099224419
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a cogently argued examination of how the British legal system ignores, downgrades, underrates and discriminates against women-Kennedy has properly argued that a profession that practises law and pursues justice must be seen to be just, reasonable, unprejudiced, and open to public scrutiny. Bravissima!" (Julia Neuberger Sunday Times)

"A powerful and authoritative polemic-brave, forceful and eloquent. It may even change things" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A powerful and authoritative polemic-Kennedy cites precedents and incontrovertible evidence to show how a 'web of prejudice, privilege and misinformation affects women' in all their dealings with the law-brave, forceful and eloquent. It may even change things" (Jessica Mann Sunday Telegraph)

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'This is an important book - it will make a substantial difference' Financial Times

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I read this book as part of a reading list for my Law Degree, at the time I was dubious about reading it and approached is as a chore, thank goodness I did. Since that time I have followed Helena Kennedys work even though I did not follow a career in law.
She is not making a 'feminist' statement more of a detailed backed up comment on the injustice women receive in law, particulary if you are not in the 'middle - upper class' and young women entering law would be wise to read this to keep you focussed on your goal.
This book is and has been a huge inspiration to me throughout my career.
Thank you Helena
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As a student wishing to embark in a career in the law. This book opened my eyes to the incriminating state of british 'justice'. Written in a clear, succinct style, Helena Kennedy excels in a field where many other lawyers would dare to tread. Well worth the read either for those who specialise in the law, or for the layman who should be told that such inadequacies lie in our judicial system.
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Baroness Kennedy draws from her experience in representing women who have been in violent relationships to produce another great book. It is well researched- not just a bunch anecdotes from the courts (unlike quite a few other lawyer generated books about the law). Researchers of the law and social change, domestic violence, feminist studies, and the British legal/judicial system, will find this book particularly useful.
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What a fantastic piece of writing! From the very beginning of Helena Kennedy's writing I was captured; there was never a dull moment in reading her book. I believe this work to be both inspirational and encouraging for women as well as myself as I embark on my journey towards a career in law. Albeit this was written in 1991, at a moment when prejudices towards women in the British justice system was being acknowledged; I believe - though not at all perfect - presently the situation for women in the British legal system has vastly improved since this book was written. Nevertheless, Kennedy fires the spirit to carry forward progress and continue weeding out prejudices within the system. I profusely recommend this book, not just for the aspiring lawyer, but an excellent read for anybody, especially those doing gender history; social care/work; or any studies that cover gender issues.
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This book is one i think every budding young lawyer (especially female) should read. It highlights the injustices women suffer at the hands of the law in a consistent and well argued manner. This is not the work of a paranoid feminist, Kennedy quotes and gives details of numerous cases which make her argument totally believable. This has got to be one of the most important books i've ever read, it's a shame it hasn't received the good publicity it deserves.
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A great book for anyone interested in doing law or just the subject area in general. It really makes you think- with some amazing one liner conclusions! Written in a way thats easy to understand with interesting case studies, and evidential superb experience of the author. My only single drawback is the length of the book but if you enjoy it as much as I did you will definitely keep reading until the end.
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I love this. This book is a must in every lawyer's or law aficionado's (actually, everyone's) bookshelf. I read this for my University interview and would definitely advise prospective lawyers to read it. The quality of the paper is wonderful - very different - it's almost like newspaper. It's only 306 pages - a quick but engaging read. It gave me great insight into the injustices in the UK legal system towards women, which would be expected seeing as the legal profession is mainly pursued by men. This isn't a 'feminist' book.Helena Kennedy is not trying to antagonise men in law by writing this book; it is real. Helena tries to convey the very real message that women are discriminated against in the British legal system, and gives copious examples supporting this statement.
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This book was unavailable in the library network,but the writer's name told me it would be worth having, a rare instance of a lawyer explaining her trade in honest and simple language. So I was delighted to find it at a bargain price from Amazon.

Kennedy makes the dry details of British law lively and memorable, full of human stories and humane insights. Since the book was written,the law has ponderously moved on - in some ways, however, what Kennedy has to say is still mostly accurate, and is very, very important if we want to live in a free and civilised country.
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