Nothing But The Truth: The Memoir of an Unlikely Lawyer (Paperback)
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Nothing But The Truth: The Memoir of an Unlikely Lawyer (Paperback)

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Published: 11/05/2023
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The Secret Barrister returns, this time mixing memoir with jaw-dropping revelation as they chronicle their path from the Bar to Inns of Court and beyond, spotlighting as ever the shocking injustices within the justice system.

Just how do you become a barrister? And why do only 1 per cent of those who study law succeed in joining this mysteriously opaque profession? If it's such a great occupation, how come you work 100-hour weeks for less than minimum wage? And why might a practising barrister come to feel the need to reveal the lies, secrets, failures and crises at the heart of this world of wigs and gowns?

Nothing But The Truth charts an outsider's progress down the winding path towards practising at the Bar, taking in the sometimes absurd traditions of the Inns of Court, where every meal mandates a glass of port and a toast to the Queen, to the Hunger Games-type contest for pupillage, through the endlessly frustrating experience of being a junior barrister - as a creaking, ailing justice system begins to convince them that something has to change...

Full of hilarious, shocking, and surprising stories from their working life, Nothing But The Truth tracks the Secret Barrister's transformation from hang 'em and flog 'em, austerity-supporting twentysomething to campaigning, bestselling, reforming author whose writing in defence of the law is celebrated around the globe. It asks questions about what we understand by justice, and what it takes to change our minds. It also reveals the darker side of working in criminal law, and how the things our justice system gets wrong are not the things most people expect.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529057065
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 233 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Entertaining and instructive . . . A gifted writer . . . The Secret Barrister's picaresque journey to barristerhood is served up with large helpings of humour - The Times

Wonderful and insightful . . . With compassion, wit and intelligence, the Secret Barrister shows why is it that any of us plunge into the harrowing depths of criminal law - TLS

Excellent . . . at once a vicious polemic, a helpful primer and a cringe-inducing account of one barrister’s travails - Telegraph

As entertaining as ever in this third foray into the courtroom - Radio Times

Eye-opening. The candour is, at times, breathtaking . . . it is both human and urgent . . . A no-holds-barred book that tells an unvarnished story of a broken system an the people who hold it together - Law Society's Gazette

As compelling and illuminating - and as full of gob-smacking stories - as its predecessors, it is also fascinatingly personal. Anyone thinking of a career in the law should certainly read it - Bookseller

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“A Trip Down Memory Lane”

As a law student (over ten years ago now

Hardback edition
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“Essential reading for any aspiring law student”

Knowing nothing about practising at the Bar and what is takes to become a Barrister, this compelling memoir has given an insight from behind the scenes about what really goes on in our justice system. Totally readable... More

Hardback edition
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“A book you don't want to miss”

Another amazing book from the secret barrister. It really offered a more light-hearted account of the legal system which was needed during my uni law exams. Having read the other two books by the secret barrister I... More

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