The Blurb On The Back:
What compels someone to become a barrister?
How does it feel to successfully defend a person who is freed and then kills?
How might prosecuting society’s most dangerous criminals change a person’s beliefs about justice?
This tell-all memoir is the third book from the Secret Barrister. In hilarious and tragic stories from the criminal courts, it lifts the lid on what it’s really like to pursue a career at the Bar, and reveals the uncomfortable and surprising truth about life in our opaque criminal justice system.
Nothing But The Truth charts an outsider’s progress down the winding path towards practising at the Bar. It takes in the sometimes absurd traditions of the Inns of Court, where every meal mandates a glass of port and a toast to the Queen, and the Hunger Games-type contest for pupillage, through to the endlessly frustrating experience of being a junior criminal barrister – as a creaking, ailing justice system begins to convince the that something has to change …
Full of hilarious, shocking and surprising stories from the Secret Barrister’s working life, Nothing But The Truth asks questions about what we understand by justice, and what it takes to change our minds. It 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. And it tracks the Secret Barrister’s transformation from hang-‘em-and-flog-‘em, austerity-supporting twenty-something to campaigning, bestselling, reforming author, whose progressive writing in defence of the law is celebrated around the globe.
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