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On the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3pm.
We discuss non-fiction books we've recently read and would recommend. Usually we agree to read the same book over the coming month and compare impressions at the next meeting.
The next meeting is on November 19th at 3pm, via Zoom
The book to be discussed is:
Under the Wig: A Lawyer's Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence, by William Clegg QC
How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? Or sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case?In this memoir, murder case lawyer William Clegg revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the man given life because of an earprint. All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict comes back, and how our right to a fair trial is now at risk. Under the Wig is for anyone who wants to know the reality of a murder trial.
It has been praised as "gripping" by The Times, "riveting" by the Sunday Express and "fascinating" by the Secret Barrister, who described the author as "one of our country's greatest jury advocates."Several prominent barristers, including Matthew Scott and Bob Marshall-Andrews QC, have said Under the Wig is a "must read" for anyone with an interest in the criminal law. Switch off the TV dramas and see real criminal law in action. Well-known cases featured:The Murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common The Chillenden Murders (Dr Lin and Megan Russell) The Trial of Private Lee Clegg The Murder of Jill Dando The first Nazi war crimes prosecution in the UK The Murder of Joanna Yeates The Rebekah Brooks Phone Hacking Trial.
Please note: The Chepstow Bookshop offer a 10% reduction on the cost of this book. Just tell them you're a member of a U3A book club.
Contact Alistair for more details.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Nov 19th||This month's book is Under the Wig by William Clegg|