Recommended Reading

Below are some of our top picks for all you crime buffs to have and insight into everything going on under the hood of the criminal justice system.

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken


‘Eye-opening, damning and hilarious’ Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and Fall Out

The Secret Barrister can write…everyone who has any interest in public life should read it…this is a book of some brilliance, clearly explained, cogently argued (Daily Mail)

Takes the reader deep into the bowels of the criminal justice system…the message of this entertaining book is delivered with great skill…the book is at once a lament and a celebration…the justice system as not just for criminals and victims but for all of us – it is the symbol of our nation’s humanity (The Times)

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In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law

“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)

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Court Scenes: The Court Art of Priscilla Coleman

Priscilla Coleman has been drawing court scenes for over 20 years. The pictures collected here mark many of the most important trials of that period. There is a widespread misunderstanding among those who see pictures on TV or in the newspapers that an artist can sketch as much as they like in court. As lawyers know, far from taking a palate and easel into the public gallery, any attempt at photography, drawings or visual representations is strictly verboten.

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Law, Liberty and the Constitution: A Brief History of the Common Law

Potter lacerates the jargon and marches through a long timeline to produce a slim, superbly written account of the common law.” (LAW SOCIETY GAZETTE)

“Full of triumphs, tragedies, comedies, accidents and unintended consequences [with] an immense cast of characters. … [A] lively and opinionated book.” (TIMES)

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A Life of Crime: The Memoirs of a High Court Judge

“Thoughtful and provocative, Sir Harry has advice for the aspiring young advocate, and invests this penetrating memoir with warmth, humour and understanding.”

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