The Secret Barrister

    • 4.1 • 129 Ratings
    • £9.99

    • £9.99

Publisher Description

An anonymous barrister's darkly comic and moving first-hand account of life in the legal system, and how it's failing us all.

The Sunday Times number one bestseller.
Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year.
Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ – Observer

You may not wish to think about it, but one day you or someone you love will almost certainly appear in a criminal courtroom. You might be a juror, a victim, a witness or – perhaps through no fault of your own – a defendant. Whatever your role, you’d expect a fair trial.

I’m a barrister. I work in the criminal justice system, and every day I see how fairness is not guaranteed. Too often the system fails those it is meant to protect. The innocent are wronged and the guilty allowed to walk free.

In The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken I want to share some stories from my daily life to show you how the system is broken, who broke it and why we should start caring before it’s too late.

A Sunday Times top ten bestseller for twenty-four weeks.

‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ – Daily Mail

Jack Hawkins
hr min
22 March
Pan Macmillan

Customer Reviews

C. Hitchens ,

Excellent, Sobering and Timely Book

Utterly scathing of government, legislators, vulture-type law firms, and occasionally the police, this book removed any remaining rose-tinted view I had that all is well in the English and Welsh criminal judicial process.
I suspect that if you enjoyed the Undercover Economist then you’ll like this.
Examples of people being acquitted or found guilty of serious crimes because of F-ups by the police/CPS/defence/prosecution, or judges imposing sentence lengths partly based on their mood or race of the accused. How legislators make the law, sentencing guidelines etc difficult to interpret. Underfunding in the system leading to pretty terrible consequences. How media reports on criminals, how MPs are less than brave or pragmatic. There’s a lot of fascinating stuff in this book for those of us unfamiliar with the judicial process, and I’m certainly glad that I read/listened to it.

(The narration is clear and engaging too.)

Fernedene ,

Good book, terrible sound.

The content is excellent but the sound recording is appallingly bad.
Recording quality is so poor that I recommend that you read the book and don’t buy this to listen to.

lifeat40 ,

The secret barrister

Very disappointed, boring and overly detailed descriptions of insignificant things which strays away from the storylines. The mans voice is too posh and I feel like I’m listening to peter rabit.

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