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Unlawful Killings: Life, Love and Murder: Trials at the Old Bailey - The instant Sunday Times bestseller

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The cases that are written about are intriguing and I found myself desperate to discover the outcome of each one. The author explains each one in a manner that is empathetic and factual. It was a privilege for me to visit the festival to receive the Bodley Medal. As an incidental blessing I saw Oxford at its most mysterious and atmospheric. It was a day of piercing cold and as I walked through the twilight from the Sheldonian to Christ Church, the streets were empty and the whole city was shutting itself away. Christ Church was silent except for the footfall of unseen persons around corners and the sounds of evensong creeping from behind closed doors. For the first time I understood thoroughly the power of college ghost stories.

Unlawful Killings by Her Honour Wendy Joseph QC - Audible UK Unlawful Killings by Her Honour Wendy Joseph QC - Audible UK

With compassion, wisdom, sardonic humour and a novelistic skill with pace and words, this is a breakthrough in expressing heinous crime from the position of one who had the fearful job of ruling upon it. Philip Mould, Philip Mould & Company

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Unlawful Killings: Life, Love and Murder: Trials at the…

This is a book full of dark subjects with plenty of content warnings to be aware of, but it's very engaging and I didn't get bored at all. Even the legal speak is done in a way that makes it easy to understand. It's almost written as if we are the jury, but instead of getting all the gritty details we get the bare bones. I must admit, in many of the cases I tried to guess what the outcome would be, and I wasn't always right - especially in the last case the author talks about.I had no idea that a ‘perverse verdict’ was even a thing, and I feel enlightened, reassured and even a little bit empowered to discover it exists, and the contexts - historical as explained and current as in one of the chapters - in which it has been used made me smile and sigh with relief. Sometimes the law is indeed an ass, and yet the power remains with us: Twelve people of this country, randomly drawn from its ranks, to return a verdict which they believe to be right.

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