Archive | August, 2018

The Secret Barrister – The Secret Barrister Audiobook Review

28 Aug

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Synopsis -“I’m a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm-twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare-provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee-supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.”

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing.

How can you defend a child-abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believe to be innocent? What is the law and why do we need it?

And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like.

Both a searing first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide to how we got into this mess, The Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters.

My Thoughts – I’ve recently got into listening to audiobooks as I travel a lot for work at the minute and this is probably the first one thats hooked me in.

This book is about a barrister who is almost blowing the whistle on what happens during the court and the justice system in the United Kingdom. I really found this fascinating as I had many of the misconseptions that were stated in the book. For example, that a barrister could lie if they knew there defendant was guilty. (They cant!)

It was also fascinating learning about the history of the justice system and how it has become what it has today. It was also very shocking the examples of miscarages of justice that have happened and probably will continue to happen due to budget cuts and people not doing there jobs properly.

This was a really good book and one that I would recommend. It was really well read too and I really enjoyed it.

Rating – 4.5/5

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The Lost World – Michael Crichton A Book Review

23 Aug

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Synopsis – It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end – the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

But there are rumours that something survived. And when a team go to investigate, they are determined not to give it a chance to escape.

My Thoughts – I read Jurassic Park a little bit earlier in the year as it was one of those books that I just hadnt got around to reading. I was aware that there was a sequel book but again I just hadnt got around to reading it.

This book, much like the first is so much better than the film that reflects its name. It has a much better plot to it and in my opinion would have been better if the film followed the plot of the book.

The book does have a revisit of the character Dr Ian Malcolm which I enjoyed as I really enjoy this character but it also has a  whole lot of new characters too.

This was a good book, I enjoyed it a lot and I would probably read it again.

Rating – 4.5/5

The Yorkshire Pudding Club – Milly Johnson. A Book Review

15 Aug

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Synopsis‘The Yorkshire Pudding Club’ is the story of how three women find themselves empowered by unexpected pregnancy. For Helen, pregnancy is a dream come true. For career-woman Janey, it is a nightmare. And for the emotionally lost Elizabeth, fears she may be carrying a child she will never love.

My Thoughts – I brought this book from Amazon a couple of months back as I’m currently expecting baby no2 and thought this would be a good read whilst I was pregnant.

This book tells the story of three friends, Helen, Janey and Elizabeth who have 3 totally different conception, pregnancy and birth stories. I felt that this was such an important part to the book as not all pregnancies are planned, pregnancy doesnt always go the way that you expect it and as for birth you might as well throw the book out of the window as there is no preparing or deciding what will happen with that.

Its a very well written book, perfect if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby. I really enjoyed the escapism of this book as it was easy to read and followed a natural trend to the story. It was quite a predictable plot line, however with a book of this genre I personally dont tend to mind that too much.

This was a very well written book and I would definitaly read more by this author.

Rating – 4/5