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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Picador

9781509841141
320
Synopsis

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.
Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018.
Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018.

‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ Observer
‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ Daily Mail

You may not wish to think about it, but one day you or someone you love will almost certainly appear in a criminal courtroom. You might be a juror, a victim, a witness or – perhaps through no fault of your own – a defendant. Whatever your role, you’d expect a fair trial.

I’m a barrister. I work in the criminal justice system, and every day I see how fairness is not guaranteed. Too often the system fails those it is meant to protect. The innocent are wronged and the guilty allowed to walk free.

I want to share some stories from my daily life to show you how the system is broken, who broke it and why we should start caring before it’s too late.

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER FOR 24 WEEKS.

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