Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies (Hardback)The Secret Barrister (author)
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Former Waterstones Book of the Year-shortlisted The Secret Barrister unmasked the corruption and deficiencies of a broken British legal system, and now Fake Law exposes the lies and misinformation spread by those who would seek to keep the general public in ignorance of their rights.
Could the courts really order the death of your innocent baby? Was there an illegal immigrant who couldn't be deported because he had a pet cat? Are unelected judges truly enemies of the people?
Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society.
Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge - worse, we risk letting them make us complicit.
Thankfully, the Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds an hilarious, alarming and eye-opening defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 618 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 40 mm
'Takes the reader deep into the bowels of the criminal justice system . . . the message of this entertaining book is delivered with great skill...the book is at once a lament and a celebration . . . the justice system as not just for criminals and victims but for all of us - it is the symbol of our nation's humanity' - The Times on The Secret Barrister
'Funny, frightening, frequently infuriating but above all profoundly human. As a sensitive and knowledgeable storyteller, the Secret Barrister does for lawyers what James Herriot did for vets' - James O'Brien on The Secret Barrister
'Terrifying and occasionally hilarious... this is an eye-opening, if depressing, account of the practice of law today. Perhaps there is hope, but the author leaves us in no doubt that urgent reform is needed' - The Observer on The Secret Barrister
'Its stories of how the law often fails those whom it is meant to protect - how do barristers feel when someone they believe to be innocent gets banged up for five years? - make for gripping reading' - John Crace, The Guardian on The Secret Barrister
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