The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister

2018 Short-listed

National Book Awards Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

2018 Winner

Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year

2018 Short-listed

Waterstones Book Of The Year

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An anonymous barrister offers a shocking, darkly comic and very moving journey through the legal system - and explains how it's failing all of us.

In the media
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

Dishes the dirt — or serves up a slice of reality — on what barristers do

The Times

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

What’s so powerful about The Secret Barrister is its ability to connect the dots...revealing a picture that is more a commentary on society as a whole than it is on robing rooms full of horsehair wigs

Afua Hirsch Guardian