Sunday, May 15, 2011

Review of 'Law and Peace' in Manchester Uni Law Soc Magazine

Very many thanks to Sophie Taylor of the Manchester University Law Society Magazine 'Mandatory' for the following review of my new book Law and Peace. You can buy the book on amazon.

Review of the Baby Barista Files. Book: Baby Barista Files:  ‘Law and Disorder’ and ‘Law and Peace. Author: Tim Kevan. Publisher: Bloomsbury. By Sophie Taylor, 2nd Year LLB

As I’m sure every law student is well aware of: law is NO easy ride. The prospects of being thrust into the legal world are daunting to say the least. No matter how many text books we read, or how much we think we have prepared…the fierce competion that greets us on arrival will undoubtedly be a tremendous shock to the system!

No longer pacified by university comforts, the high stakes and intense nature of crawling up the ladder of the legal profession, may leave some students throwing their toys out of their pram! This is certainly the case in Tim Kevan’s hilarious ‘Baby Barista files’, which follows the journey of ‘Baby Barista’ from his first day as a pupil to his subsequent year of tenancy. Both books provide a riotous account of the backhanded tricks; unscrupulous efforts; and down right outrageous strategies employed by pupils. The frantic attempts of those trying to embark from the nest of academia, into the role of a high flying legal eagle prove to be highly amusing! In Baby Barista’s case it is evidently not a smooth transition. For all those students considering a career at the Bar I would suggest these books to be an essential summer read!

Although the files are purely fictional, the author Tim Kevan has experienced his fair share of law and disorder in his previous career as an ex-barrister. He initially wrote the first book as a humorous blog which was later snapped up by Bloomsbury publishers, and released in 2009. Since its publication it has gained mass support. The Times praised the works referring to them as: ‘ A cross between the talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones diary’. Such a review draws attention to the side splitting nature of the books as they take an alternative and refreshing outlook on the journey many of us students will soon embark on.

With an array of fantastic self-explanatory characters such as ‘Busy Body’ and ‘Old Smoothie’ the interactions that ensue could be accorded to that of a school playground. The Chambers are symptomatically laced with the scandal and gossip of ‘who has been caught sneaking behind the bike shed’, and the calculated manipulation of classroom bullies! Faced with financial pressures, Baby Barista plunges right into the heart of such school boy tricks, and will not let anything get in his way. The ensuing chaos of juggling mischievous tactics whilst gleaning a squeaky clean fa├žade stimulates much enjoyment. The innocent professional failings in court are also highly engaging and humorous. Highlights include an overzealous sneeze causing his wig not only to fall off but to fly into the judge’s lap, not to mention a brief brush with the law himself! These are merely a snippet of the droll situations this pupil finds himself in. Although fiction - such pandemonium seems out of this world! Pure comic genius!

Moreover the follow on book which is to be published on the 3rd May follows ‘Baby Barista’ into his professional career of first tenancy. It is packed with comical situations including corruption in litigation, revenge from previous competition and the quest for a prestigious red bag!  The web of lies and tricks have certainly not been locked away and are once again causing conflict. As well as career desires Baby Barista also tries to win over the affections of a fellow pupil, but his immersement in work might be set to jeopardise his chances. With tales of ‘Batman boxer shorts, liquid lunches, drunken court hearings, and brushes with the ‘Bar Standards Board’ it is clear that Law and Peace provides an equally entertaining tale.

Both books are captivating and hard to put down. This is mainly due to Tim Kevan’s fantastically contemporary writing style which serves to keep you on your toes and literally laugh out loud. With legal speeches parodying that of Catherine Tate ‘Bovvered’, references to Little Britain, and various unconventional parodies, there is certainly never a dull moment. Such a sense of humour is much needed in the legal world. I would certainly recommend this book as a light-hearted, post exams cathartic wind down, and perhaps even preparation for commencing your pupillages!

Summary Judgement:

After reviewing all the evidence I am pleased to conclude that the Baby Barista files are to be found guilty of being an extremely entertaining, inspiring, and creative account of the legal profession. It shows lawyers at their best and most importantly their worst. I think law students will truly be able to appreciate the humour of these books and so my verdict here would be:

A MUST READ!

No objections here your honour!

'Law and Peace' covered in EX33 and EX34 Magazines

Very many thanks EX33 and EX34 Magazines for mentioning my new book Law and Peace in the following article (below is the EX33 version) which you can also read here. You can buy the book on amazon.

Local writer publishes his second novel

Braunton resident Tim Kevan will have his second novel published by Harry Potter’s publisher Bloomsbury in May. It’s called Law and Peace and is a sequel to his first book, Law and Disorder, which was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as ‘a wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud’ and by The Times as ‘a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary’. That book was a comedy about life as a barrister and centred around BabyBarista’s first year in chambers. It included characters that probably exist in most workplaces such as UpTights, OldRuin, BusyBody and Worrier. Alongside the pupillage race was an altogether different battle with BabyB’s corrupt pupilmaster TheBoss whose dishonest fiddling of chambers’ records to avoid a negligence action all started to unravel and threatened to embroil BabyB’s entire career.

The second book carries on where the first left off and BabyBarista must face down old enemies, try to win compensation for a group of ASBO-attracting pensioners and unravel the complicated knots of his love life - not to mention his mother's finances. Under the wise and watchful eye of OldRuin, he tries to keep his nose (and his wig) clean, but when SlipperySlope, an unscrupulous solicitor, offers him a quick way out of his financial difficulties he soon becomes embroiled in blackmail, dodgy share-dealing and the dark arts of litigation. With his old adversary TopFirst out for revenge and the chance to be awarded a coveted ‘red bag’ at stake, BabyB has to use all the tricks of his trade to extricate himself from his legal quagmire, win the case for his mad old clients, and somehow convince his best friend Claire to fall in love with him. There’s Machiavellian plotting galore but tempered with a real sense of pathos for the characters and their plight. What’s more, the fictional BabyBarista even takes a trip to North Devon and finds that surfing helps him to discover what’s really important in life.

Brought up in Minehead, Tim moved to Braunton a few years ago after a career as a barrister in London. These days, aside from writing his novels and a blog for The Guardian, he can otherwise be found surfing or jogging on the beach with his border terrier Jack as well as occasionally supping the odd pint of Doom Bar in the Black Horse pub in Braunton.

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine praises 'Law and Peace'

Thanks to broadcaster Jeremy Vine for the following comment on my new book Law and Peace which is available on amazon.

"The legal world is laid bare in a novel bursting with invention. What a cast of characters Tim Kevan has assembled -drawn so acutely that I almost worry they might be real"
Jeremy Vine, Broadcaster

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

'Law and Peace' recommended by Delia Venables

Very many thanks to Delia Venables at the Legal Resources in the UK & Ireland for recommending my new book Law and Peace. You can read the piece here or below. You can buy the book on amazon.

Tim Kevan's "Law and Peace" (long awaited by afficionados) has just been published by Bloomsbury and is available from Amazon. This is a legal comedy by barrister Tim which follows on from his first book, "Law & Disorder" (under the overall heading of the "Baby Barista files") which was truly hilarious and fascinating too. Both books appeared in blog form over a considerable period, originally in the Times Law section but (once this went behind a payroll) in the Guardian. There is a launch party for the book on Wednesday 11th May at the Old Bank of England Pub at 194 Fleet Street, London EC4 from 6-10pm. This is open to everyone and there is no need to reply - just come along. (Judging by the last launch, it promises to be a good party). Note to barristers: this is an excellent book to give to parents, children, other loved ones and anyone who is not quite sure what you do all day when you are not standing up in court with a wig on.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Please buy a copy of my new book 'Law and Peace'!

My new novel Law and Peace has just been published by Bloomsbury. It’s a legal comedy based on the blog I write for The Guardian and is the second instalment of the BabyBarista Files, the first being Law and Disorder which was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as “a wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud” and by The Times as “a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary”. It is available at amazon.co.uk.

There is an official launch party for the book on Wednesday 11th May at the Old Bank of England Pub at 194 Fleet Street, London EC4 from 6-10pm. It’s open to everyone and there’s no need to reply but it’d be great to see you and any friends you’d like to bring along. Judging by the last launch, it promises to be a good party. More details are here. Signed copies of the book will also be available both at the party and then from 12th May at the Fleet Street, High Holborn and Ludgate Circus branches of Waterstones.

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