Spider Woman: A Life (Paperback)
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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 07/07/2022
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Inspiring and engaging, the memoir of the leading judge and President of the Supreme Court who ruled the prorogation of Parliament unlawful is an account of professional and personal courage from a formidable figure who took an unconventional path to the pinnacle of her profession.

Lady Hale is an inspirational figure admired for her historic achievements and for the causes she has championed. Spider Woman is her story.

As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale won global attention in finding the 2019 prorogation of Parliament to be unlawful. Yet that dramatic moment was merely the pinnacle of a career throughout which she was hailed as a pioneering reformer.

As 'a little girl from a little school in a little village in North Yorkshire', she only went into the law because her headteacher told her she wasn't clever enough to study history. She became the most senior judge in the country but it was an unconventional path to the top.

How does a self-professed 'girly swot' get ahead in a profession dominated by men? Was it a surprise that the perspectives of women and other disadvantaged groups had been overlooked, or that children's interests were marginalised? A lifelong smasher of glass-ceilings, who took as her motto 'women are equal to everything', her landmark rulings in areas including domestic violence, divorce, mental health and equality were her attempt to correct that.

Wise, warm and inspiring, Spider Woman shows how the law shapes our world and supports us in crisis. It is the story of how Lady Hale found that she could overcome the odds, which shows that anyone from similar beginnings will find that they can cope too.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529114041
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 229 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Brenda Hale is a superhero who embodies Parker's law that great power brings equivalent responsibility. Her wise, accessible memoir is essential, entertaining and inspirational reading for all lovers of freedom, equality and justice' - Shami Chakrabarti

'Inspirational and iconic' - Philippe Sands

'A feminist icon... Her success story is an inspiration for men and women both - showing that law matters' - Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

'This book is not only essential reading for anyone who is in the Law or interested in the Law but it is also a fascinating personal story' - Cherie Blair

'A compelling account of a path-breaking and inspirational career by one of the most influential lawyers and judges of our times' - David Pannick QC

'Brenda Hale's story is extraordinary. She has been a pioneer as a woman... Spider woman and agent of change' - Harriet Harman

'Lady Hale takes us on the journey from 'girly swot' to 'Spider Woman' and along the way teaches us about the importance of the rule of law and protecting human rights... with humanity, humour and deep insight' - Minouche Shafik

'This is an extraordinary and essential journey through the law by the most inspiring of figures' - Nazir Afzal

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“Apart from the first few chapters - a brilliant read!”

As readers of my reviews will know, educated in law but non-practising, this book was a must-read for many reasons, if nothing else, because many lecturers of mine took place in the Lady Hale building at The... More

Hardback edition
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“Inspirational”

Lady Hale’s Spider Woman is a must read for so many reasons.

A trailblazer, a staunch feminist within a man’s world of traditions and views, a wife and mother, a woman suffering from imposter syndrome. Lady Hale... More

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“An interesting insight into over half a century of change in the law and society”

Lady Hale - Brenda - came from a very ordinary background. As she says she was "a little girl from a little school in a little village in North Yorkshire', she only went into the law because her headteacher... More

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