In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law

By Sarah Langford (author) | Format: Hardback | Rating:

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Review "Sarah Langford has reinvented a genre ... [as a barrister she has turned] her experience of 11 criminal cases into short stories that are as compelling as fiction, with the added fascination of being essentially true ... Immensely powerful." (Jenni Russell Sunday Times)"A compelling read for anyone who cares about fairness, justice and humanity and should be on the reading list of all politicians and policy-makers." (Catherine Baksi Observer)"[Langford] combines the demands of her job, the stories of those she represents and her own views and emotions with great skill...powerful, moving and often captivating." (Barney Thompson Financial Times)"Vivid... surprisingly uplifting. A thoughtful, elegant book. ... it is often as thrilling as a detective novel. And sometimes it is moving: the last chapter had this reviewer in tears." (Thomas Grant, QC - author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories The Times)"A riveting account of cases she's fought over nearly 10 years in the family courts. These are harrowing stories: of newborns taken by social services, of bitter divorces, of children trapped in the turbulence of addiction, gangs, or both, an unprecedented collection, moving, enraging and desperate, all told in Langford's cool, compelling prose." (Charlotte Edwardes Evening Standard)"This compelling book tracks eleven cases through the criminal and family courts...tales of despair and hope that could be about you or me. Sarah Langford's stated objective is to bring 'to lif

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"Vivid... surprisingly uplifting. A thoughtful, elegant book. ... it is often as thrilling as a detective novel. And sometimes it is moving: the last chapter had this reviewer in tears."
The Times - Thomas Grant, QC - author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories

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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.

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The Bookseller - Caroline Sanderson

"The heart to the brains of @Secret Barrister's book. Together the soul of the Bar."
twitter - Mary Aspinall-Miles, QC

"A wonderful book from a vivid new talent. Revealing, moving, funny, sad, uplifting and beautifully written, with the observational skills of Alan Bennett and the heart of Charles Dickens. Every chapter is an elegantly constructed short story complete with plot twists that alternately deliver a knife to the guts or a glimmer of hope that makes you think humanity has a chance."
Tim Shipman - political editor of the Sunday Times and author of Fall Out

"I loved this book. It made my heart sing. Written by a woman in the law with compassion, wit and legal know-how, these true life courtroom stories tell it like it is. All life is there, showing the importance to justice of lawyers who understand the human condition, Brava, Sarah Langford."
Helena Kennedy QC

"In Your Defence is an anthology of beautifully rendered stories of legal practice, each striking at the beating heart of our justice system. The storytelling is compelling, reading like page-turning fiction, but speaking in every chapter to fundamental truths about the meaning of justice for those trapped in the wheels of our criminal and family courts. Sarah Langford breathes vibrancy and compassion into the dusty tomes of the law, capturing and exposing the raw humanity lying beneath the system, and offering a necessary reminder of the impact of the law on those whose lives are chartered by its whims."
The Secret Barrister

"The wig comes off. More than just a cracking collection of courtroom short-stories -Langford bares her soul."
Matthew Parris

"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

Author Biography

Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister since 2006, both in London and around the country, principally in criminal and family law. She studied English at the University of the West of England. She worked as a barmaid, legal secretary and note-taking clerk before completing a law conversion, in which she gained a distinction. She was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court and went on to train as a barrister. She lives with her husband and two small boys in London and Suffolk.

Product Specifications

Format
Hardback
Publisher
Transworld
Pages
384
Language
English
Date Published
28 June 2018
Publication Place
England
Imprint
Doubleday
Size
222 x 138
ISBN
9780857525284
Contributors

Sarah Langford (author)

Subject(s)

Jurisprudence & general issues

Memoirs

True crime

Law & society

Gender & the law

Legal profession: general

Criminal justice law

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