Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book recommendation: 'Wig Begone' by Charles Courtley

Wig Begone is an exhilarating tale of Charles' early career with disaster often lurking round the corner and culminating in his own appearance in front of England's most notorious judge!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book recommendation: 'The Litigators' by John Grisham

'Grisham is brilliantly comic in a novel that is full of zest and brimming with memorable characters and rich storylines... The legal storylines are typically rich in social detail and instances of entertaining rascality... Away from his usual southern turf, Grisham is turned by Chicago into a more Dickensian writer, soft-hearted at times but predominantly funny... a brilliant comic set piece'

(The Sunday Times)

'The Litigators is up there with the best of Grisham's 25 novels... vintage Grisham. [His] style is direct and the result is a superbly plotted legal thriller'

(Sunday Express)

'The Litigators is a thrilling romp through the murky world of lawsuits and shysters - rich and poor. Packed with [Grisham's] signature twists and turns, not to mention lots of double-dealing, be careful if you're reading The Litigators on the bus, you may just miss your stop'

(Irish Independent)

'[A] snappy, well-turned novel...Grisham brings his usual nuanced understanding of tort law and civil jurisprudence'

(Washington Post)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Don't miss 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on BBC iPlayer! @iammarkevans

I watched The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff on BBC2 last night and couldn't recommend it more highly. It's got an incredible cast which includes Stephen Fry, Robert Webb, David Mitchell, Celia Imrie, Johnny Vegas...the list goes on. It's also written by the brilliant Mark Evans who has already written four series of Bleak Expectations for Radio 4 (and who you can follow on Twitter at @iammarkevans). This was not just slightly good comedy but it was classic British humour at its very best. I really wish there were more programmes like this around but I can only imagine that the reason there aren't is that writing talents like that come along only perhaps once in a generation. You can see it on iPlayer and I'm delighted to hear that there are three more episodes still to come. A big and explosive thumbs up to the BBC for creating such a wonderful piece of comedy drama.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My dog Jack is immortalised by top Hollywood animator Alex Williams!

My dog Jack has just been immortalised by top Hollywood animator Alex Williams who also draws the Queen's Counsel cartoons for The Times and has written numerous books including the excellent The Queen's Counsel Official Lawyers Handbook. He has worked on films such as Roger Rabbit, Narnia and Marmaduke and even drew drew Harry Potter's deer Patronus. You can see a video of Jack surfing here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The real meaning of Christmas

Book recommendation: 'Letters to a Young Poet' by Rainer Maria Rilke

"...I cannot think of a better book to put into the hands of any young would-be poet, as an inspirational guide to poetry and to surviving as a poet in a hostile world." Harry Fainlight, The Times

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas competition - win signed copies of my two BabyBarista novels!

With Christmas looming, I have decided to hold a competition in order to help encourage people to buy my two BabyBarista novels Law and Peace and Law and Disorder which are both published by Harry Potter's very own Bloomsbury Publishing. First prize will be a signed copy of both novels, second prize will be a signed copy of Law and Peace and third prize a signed copy of Law and Disorder. In order to enter, all you have to do is to promote either or both of the books in some way. It might be through forwarding this post, tweeting about the books or through giving them a mention on Facebook or by email to your friends. It might simply be by mentioning them at a meeting of your law society, book group or, frankly, even down the pub. Whatever it is, please put the details in the comment below this post (I've changed the settings so that you only need to leave your name and email). Put as many details as you like (eg number of Facebook friends, Twitter followers, people down the pub you drunkenly mentioned it to, etc). If it's a tweet then if you mention @babybarista I'll be able to see it. For other things I guess I'll have to rely on the fact that you're mostly lawyers or lawyers in training and therefore of the very highest moral standing in terms of honesty and integrity (!) The closing date is midnight on 23rd December and I will then decide at my complete and utter (and totally subjective) discretion who are to be the various winners and contact you to get the postal address where you'd like me to send the prize.

For your information, Law and Disorder (2009) was described by The Times as "a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary" and Law and Peace (2011) was described by the Daily Mail as a "funny, sharp account of backstabbing Bar life...highly recommended" and by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as "a novel bursting with invention". Both books are available at

Book recommendation: 'My Uncle Oswald' by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's first-ever novel presents the scurrilous memoirs of that delightful old reprobate from switch bitch, Oswald Hendryks Cornelius - connoisseur, bon vivant, collector of spiders, scorpions, odd walking sticks, lover of opera, expert on Chinese porcelain, and without doubt the greatest fornicator of all time. In this delightful picaresque story, it is revealed how Uncle Oswald first achieved great wealth - all thanks to the Sundance blister beetle, which when ground to powder has the most electrifying aphrodisiac qualities. It is 1919 - armed with the powder and aided by the beautiful amoral Yasmin how comely, Oswald begins an audacious commercial enterprise which involves seducing the most famous men in Europe - from crowded heads to Bernard Shaw and Marcel Proust.

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