Much in Evidence

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House of Stratus, Nov 28, 2008 - Fiction - 216 pages
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William Richmond is bald and lame. He is also most unlucky. On the very night he has 100,000 in his safe, his home is broken into and he is beaten up. His insurance company pays up - but they are suspicious. It would appear that a series of bald and lame men have been making dubious insurance claims. In this hilarious trial novel we see how Mr Richmond is finally able to show the very surprising nature of coincidence.

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Breaking and Entering
The Claim
The Claim Considered
Silence in Court
Miss Clinchs Discovery
Mr Tewkesbury at Work
Mr Tewkesbury at Play
The Queen Against Richmond
Still Out of Order
Mr Tewkesbury at Bay
Sorry Youve Been Troubled
Speech for the Defence
Reflections of Counsel
A Change of Front
Another Chance
Holiday Plans

Domestic Coincidences
An Unexpected Witness
Out of Order
The Only Chance

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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.

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