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The Secret Barrister

Lu par : Jack Hawkins
Durée : 11 h et 51 min
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The Sunday Times best seller.

'I’m a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.'

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. 

How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to 10 years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? 

And why do they wear those stupid wigs? 

From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like. 

Both a searing firsthand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system and a guide to how we got into this mess, The Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters. 

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©2018 The Secret Barrister (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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 "Eye-opening, damning and hilarious." (Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and Fall Out

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  • 25/07/2019

Narrator is a bit too earnest, but important msg

I found the narrator to be annoying. Like a preachy mate who is right and rubs it in. This doesn't detract from the excellence of the work tho - the UK legal system is a car crash.

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  • 10/04/2019

Shocking but vital

10% inspiring, 40% depressing, 40% fascinating and 10% funny.
I was gifted reading this audiobook by a friend who works, sorry, worked for the CPS. She recently apologetically left her mountainous backlog in the hands of her dwindling colleagues. She gave me no hint as to the tenor of this book but attested to the emotions and truths conveyed within these pages, so well read by the narrator.
The author can reasonably be lauded as a heralding angel of a coming man-made disaster, this time not of the environment but instead, the systems that our ancestors incrementally crafted to protect us. These systems have, through self interest and neglect, been allowed to erode from the inside out. By the time we wider public notice the human cost, the cost to remedy may sadly be too high and a new dark ages of society may be our harvest.
I'd argue this is almost required reading by any inhabitant of the British isles if only to prepare them for that hopefully unlikely day when they find themselves lost in the fickle maelstrom of the legal system.

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