Sunday, December 27, 2009

Short summary of BabyBarista Reviews

For a more detailed summary and links to the reviews click here.

REVIEWS
Broadcaster Jeremy Vine: "a wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud"

Newspapers and magazines
The Times (Kirsty Brimelow): "a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones’s Diary...a gallop of a read"
The Times (Iain Finlayson): "'The Legal Apprentice'...with relentlessly racy, rumbustiously Rumpolean humour"
The Independent (Robert Verkaik): "For all those aspiring advocates who believe they are entering a glamorous or even principled profession, this book is essential reading."
The Lawyer Magazine: "If this is a fictional account it is genius"
Big Issue (Scotland & Wales): "[a] blistering romp through chambers...devilishly funny"
Western Morning News: "hilarious...his characters...are all deliciously ghastly."
Edinburgh Evening News: "fascinating, subversive and pretty much impossible to put down"
Counsel Magazine: "has certainly earned the right to stand there alongside Rumpole in the pantheon of legal fiction."
The Bookseller (choice for August 2009 and a top title): "wickedly funny...likely to appeal to Geraint Anderson's Cityboy market"
Northern Echo (and Western Daily Press): "Possibly the funniest blog-turned-book to hit the shelves this year"
Legal Week: "more than enough laughs to keep the reader on the right side of the dubious ethical path plotted by the central protagonist"
NSW Bar News (by novelist Richard Beasley): "very funny...a well-rounded and sharply observed comedy"
Weekly Law Reports: "provides an authentic flavour of chambers life, with its… rituals, and heirachies and often petty absurdities."
Devon Life: " the hilarious upward struggle of a pupil barrister"
Magdalene Matters: "In the great tradition of A P Herbert and John Mortimer (barristers - practising or otherwise - blessed with a gifted pen) comes Tim Kevan"

Writers/celebrities
Author Boris Starling (Messiah): "sharp, acerbic, and almost illegally funny"
Author David Wolstencroft (creator of Spooks): "Tim Kevan is a masterful manipulator"
Newsreader and broadcaster Katie Derham: "[BabyBarista] is very clever, very funny, and his double dealing antics had me gripped."
Boxer Barry McGuigan MBE: "a terrific read which makes you both laugh and keep the pages turning"
Actress Denise Welch (Coronation Street, Loose Women): "sassy, sexy and hilariously funny."
Author Andy Martin (Stealing the Wave, Invisible Cows): "beyond any reasonable doubt fast, funny, and furious".
Author Thomas Farber (Face of the Deep): "Tim Kevan has deployed extreme wit...very well-honed satire"

Websites and blogs
Bar Council: "Tim follows in a tradition of barristers writing legal comedy including...the great John Mortimer"
U.S. Review site Rebecca's Reads: ""hilariously funny...British Humour at its Pristine Best."
Blogger Charon QC: "a Hogarthian romp, a parody, a satire with edge"
Blogger Geeklawyer: "a hilarious parody of the profession" and "a side-splitting read"
Infamy or Praise blog: "a book worth reading; it's entertaining and insightful...well worth your time"
Overlawyered.com blog: "a fun story...with a dash of the mischief and romance of Ferris Bueller"
Family Lore Blog: "genuinely laugh-out-loud...well thought-out and cleverly written...pure comedy"
Delia Venables Legal Information: "an extremely funny exposure of what it is like to be a pupil barrister"
Law Minx blog: "a fine and rollicking yarn...you won't be able to put it down once you've started!"
Family Law Week Blog: "[a] hugely enjoyable debunking of the world of the Bar"
Swordplay blog: “fast, furious and effervescent, a Bucks Fizz-meets-Machiavelli of a book."
CaseCheck: "a legal Belle Du Jour, without the sex, but with wigs…a well crafted, highly enjoyable chambers based comedy."
Kent University’s The Argument: " imaginative and very captivating"
Lee Solicitors blog: "a rollicking read...[a] hybrid between...John Mortimer...infused with a feel of James Herriot."
Blogger Michael Scutt: "There's plenty to amuse both lawyers and non-lawyers alike...a good holiday read..."

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