Brothers in Law

Front Cover
House of Stratus, Nov 1, 2005 - Fiction - 258 pages
1 Review
Roger Thursby, aged twenty-four, is called to the bar. He is young, inexperienced and his love life is complicated. He blunders his way through a succession of comic adventures including his calamitous debut at the bar. His career takes an upward turn when he is chosen to defend the caddish Alfred Greenat at the Old Bailey. In this first Roger Thursby novel Henry Cecil satires the legal profession with his usual wit and insight.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Condorena - LibraryThing

This book was very entertaining and quite a respite from fears, frights, death and destruction. Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Call to the Bar
1
The Beginning
5
First Day in Court
13
At Home
36
Around and About the Law
41
His Honour Judge Boyle
64
First Brief
73
First Conference
88
Sally
141
Newent v Newent
146
Wrap It Up
152
Criminal Proceedings
156
Brief Delivered
170
The Old Bailey
175
Dock Brief
190
A Jewel of a Husband
213

Joyce
94
The Divorce Court
99
Post Mortem
117
Conference with Mr Merivale
131
Consultation
136
Offer of a Brief
218
Henrys Case
228
The Stigma
231
The End of the Beginning
247
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Henry Cecil, known to many as His Honour Judge H.C. Leon, MC, was a High Court judge as well as a famous author. He wrote during the three-week-long family holidays which were usually spent in comfortable hotels in Britain. He would sit in a deck chair in a sunny garden, exercise book on lap and pen in hand, writing from 10 am to 1pm, then again from 2.30 to 4 pm each day. His writing career is attributed to his Second World War experiences. Sailing around the Cape on a 'dry' troop ship on the way to Cairo, the colonel asked his adjutant (Cecil) to tell stories to keep the officers' minds off alcohol. The stories were so popular that they became a regular feature, and formed the basis of his first collection, 'Full Circle', published in 1948. Thereafter, the legal year, his impressions at court, or at other official functions, as well as dinners at the Savoy Grill or at his club, the Garrick, all provided material for his considerable brain power. Many of his stories were made into films or plays - notably 'Brothers-in-Law' and 'Alibi for a Judge'. These and other books have also provided a stimulus for those wishing to take up law as a career. They are a delight for those who look for authenticity in the most aptly described British characters. Cecil died in May 1976, still at the height of his mental powers.

Bibliographic information