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Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials that Defined Modern Britain

Thomas Grant

8 Reviews

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True stories, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Criminal justice law

A WATERSTONES PAPERBACK OF THE YEAR 'Superbly told' Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

'A hamper of treats' Sunday Telegraph

'[Grant employs] scholarship and depth of evidence' London Review of Books

'These tales of eleven trials are shocking, squalid, titillating and illuminating: each of them says something fascinating about how our society once was' The Times 'Deceptively thrilling' Sunday Times

'Excellent . . . Thomas Grant offers detailed accounts of eleven cases at the Old Bailey's Court Number One, with protagonists ranging from the diabolical to the pathetic. There is humour . . . but this is ultimately an affecting study of how the law gets it right - and wrong' Guardian Court Number One of the Old Bailey is the most famous court room in the world, and the venue of some of the most sensational human dramas ever to be played out in a criminal trial.

The principal criminal court of England, historically reserved for the more serious and high-profile trials, Court Number One opened its doors in 1907 after the building of the 'new' Old Bailey. In the decades that followed it witnessed the trials of the most famous and infamous

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Praise for Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials that Defined Modern Britain

  • Grant excels himself . . . He is a master at conveying the cut-and-thrust of cross-examination, managing to maintain a sense of speed while making sure the reader does not miss the cultural or legal context. His style is drily witty, but just when you start to think he is a bit too detached from what are, after all, matters of life and death, he soars into a rhetorical flight . . . Very moving - Sunday Telegraph

  • The Old Bailey might be a Jacobean theatre, at times. But like this deceptively thrilling book, it also stands for something very serious - Sunday Times

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  • Not just a celebration of a brilliant legal career but also a history of changing mores in Britain

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  • A brilliant and absorbing book about the life of a barrister. And what a life - Evening Standard

  • At first glance, you might wonder how interesting a book about a lawyer can be. But once you open the pages of this one, you'll be instantly hooked . . . Totally terrific - Daily Mail

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Thomas Grant

Thomas Grant QC is a practising barrister and author. He lives in Sussex and London.

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