Thursday, August 27, 2009

Book recommendation: 'Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer' by Michael Mansfield and Yvette Vanson

There are few things more important in a democratic society than the defence of our own precious civil liberties against the over-arching power of the state and this is never more so than today with the right to silence gone, the right to a jury trial slowly being whittled away and detention without charge continuing to raise its head. Michael Mansfield can justifiably claim to be one of the people who truly has stood up for people's rights. Someone who, for my part, makes me proud to be a barrister simply by association. On this level, these memoirs inspire in just the same way as does Atticus Finch in 'To Kill a Mockongbird'. But they are far more than this. They are funny, entertaining and extremely informative. They are also written with a pathos that shows very clearly the passion which the author puts into every one of his cases. A great book written by a great man. For more information visit Bloomsbury's website and to buy it (£13.18 incl p&p) visit amazon.

1 comment:

Law Minx said...

OOO, Funky Recommendation, Tim! I shall investigate forthwith!!!