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on 31 December 2013
A very thorough trawl through the Stephen Ward trial which gives a glimpse of the tensions as the establishment was faced with the bewildering new world of the nascent Sixties and liberal attitudes,and tried to shore up crumbling moral values by less than moral means, resulting in a major miscarriage of justice. The characters themselves remain rather flat and unrealised, but as the author concentrates on making a legal case for the judgement on Stephen Ward to be unfair, that is perhaps to be expected and for other books to provide. In the book's thoroughness, though, lies its weakness; it is repetitive as he stresses legal points - Ward's earnings are repeated several times, for instance, and the legal points are made to the point of pedantry. Don't look for any narrative drive, but for forensic dissection of a case, which doesn't always make it an easy read. A minor point, but you would think a QC and Head of Chambers would know who wrote "The Wind in the Willows." (p. 18.) Obviously not a book that lawyers study: Toad had no chance in his trial. A rather odd title, too: wasn't the "OK" appendage to statements a later fashion? Anyway, an unusual look at a well-known and well-documented case, just a little dull.
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