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2018-05-07
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
Sarah Langford
Doubleday
June 2018
320pp
書籍編號:
03-10422
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● 內文簡介

● Sunday Times No.1 bestseller
Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours.

To work at the Bar is to enter a world shrouded by strange clothing, archaic rituals and inaccessible language. So how does it feel to be an instrument of such an unknowable system? And what does it mean to be at its mercy? Our legal system promises us justice, impartiality and fair judgement. Does it, or can it, deliver this?

With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She tells compelling stories - of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law – that are sometimes shocking and often heart-stopping. She shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.

 

● 作者簡介

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer, and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. The author’s previous novel, The Ice Twins, was picked for the Richard and Judy Autumn 2015 Book Club.

 

● 媒體報導

"Editor's Choice: Brilliant, highly illuminating…it’s hard to imagine a better written or more insightful account of life at the bar than this." -- The Bookseller

"A great insight into the human side of law." -- Miriam Gonzalez Durántez

"Thought-provoking, moving and wise. In Your Defence reminds us that whatever side of the dock we're on, we are bound together by more than what sets us apart." -- Elizabeth Day, author of The Party

"With masterly insight into the pressures and strains experienced by the family and criminal courts, as well an account of their humanity, Sarah Langford describes with modesty and elegance why she is proud to be a barrister. She should also be very proud of this book." -- Helen Ward, Lady Ward, Partner of Stewarts LLP

"Riveting, powerful and deeply moving, an insider's account of a little-known world that is well observed, beautifully written and full of heart." -- Henry Hemming, author of M:Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster

"I loved it. Sarah’s focus on her own thoughts and observations made it a refreshing take on life at the Bar and made it distinct from other case memoirs I have read. It was all the better for it." -- Robert Buckland, Solicitor General for England and Wales