THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER.
Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018.
Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018.
‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ Observer
‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ Daily Mail
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.
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 24 WEEKS.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Eye opening & engaging from page 1
Extremely well written and with a very envious use of the English language. As a lay person this book provided me with a very eye opening insight into the legal world. I just hope I never stray into it.
Intriguing and at the same time appalling
As a student of law, this book both intrigued and appalled me. The Secret Barrister exposes the impact of successive government failings on the principles of the rule of law and justice. This book should be essential first-day reading for the DPP, and Justice Secretary. Although heavy going in places, this book highlights the peril faced by those in society with the least, and yet the most to lose. I’ve always suspected criminal law was the poor relation but this book confirms both the depth of failings due to successive cuts to legal aid, the CPS, and the police, whilst highlighting the tireless work of the skilled criminal law practitioner. A great, if frankly scary read.
The Secret Barrister