22.4.15

Book recommendation: Winners: And How They Succeed Hardcover by Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambition? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mindset something we can all develop? Drawing on the wisdom of an astonishing array of talented people – from elite athletes to top managers, from rulers of countries to rulers of global business empires – Alastair Campbell uses his forensic skills, as well as his own experience of politics and sport, to get to the heart of success. He examines how winners tick. He considers how they build great teams. He analyses how they deal with unexpected setbacks and new challenges. He judges what the very different worlds of politics, business and sport can learn from one another. And he sets out a blueprint for winning that we can all follow. Available from Amazon.

15.4.15

Book recommendation: May it Please Your Lordship by Toby Potts

Toby Potts has just qualified as a barrister and is about to embark on a career in one of the world's oldest professions. Stirring speeches to rapt juries, triumphant press interviews and enormous fees paid by grateful clients. he can see it all. But unfortunately, he has reckoned without Judge 'Bonkers' Clarke, The Honourable Mr 'Sourpuss' Boniface and a range of other equally terrifying, grumpy and borderline insane judges - not to mention tricky solicitors, bent coppers and dodgy defendants. Available from Amazon.

25.2.15

Book recommendation: Advocacy in Court: A Beginner's Guide by Keith Evans

A book for all new lawyers who wish to become advocates and for all solicitors who gain rights of audience and propose to exercise them. Available from Amazon.

18.2.15

Book recommendation: The Law Machine by Marcel Berlins

Marcel Berlins, a former practising lawyer, has written several books and presented a number of television series, including The Law Machine. He presents 'Law in Action' on BBC Radio 4 and writes a weekly legal column in the Guardian. Clare Dyer, asolicitor, is legal correspondent of the Guardian and the British Medical Journal. Available from Amazon.

11.2.15

Book recommendation: Ford County by John Grisham

Gripping short stories from the No.1 bestselling author of the legal thriller. Worldwide No.1 bestseller John Grisham takes you into the heart of America's Deep South with a collection of stories connected by the life and crimes of Ford County: a place of harsh beauty where broken dreams and final wishes converge. From a hard-drinking, downtrodden divorce lawyer looking for pay-dirt, to a manipulative death row inmate with one last plea, Ford County features a vivid cast of attorneys, crooks, hustlers, and convicts. Through their stories he paints a unique picture of lives lived and lost in Mississippi. Completely gripping, frequently moving and always entertaining, Ford County brims with the same page-turning quality and heart-stopping drama of his previous bestsellers, and is proof once more why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller. Available from Amazon.

4.2.15

Book recommendation: Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by Nicholas J McBride

Letters to a Law Student is the definitive guide to studying law at university. It is filled with advice to turn the potentially daunting task of studying law into an enjoyable and stimulating experience. Reading Letters to a Law Student will also help anyone considering studying law at university decide whether reading for a law degree is the right option for them. Written in a lively and entertaining style, this book offers clear and helpful answers to your questions about studying law at every stage of taking, or thinking about taking a law degree, from: “should I study law at university?”, and “what do law students do?”; to “how can I get the best marks in exams?”, and “what can I do with a law degree?” - along with many more. The Letters to a Law Student Companion Website provides additional support in finding out more about the study of law, using the Internet in your studies, and exploring the types of careers available in law. Letters to a Law Student is essential reading for anyone who is doing, or thinking about doing, a law degree at university. Available from Amazon.

31.12.14

Book recommendation: Us by David Nicholls

Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong? Available from Amazon.