In my line of work, there are times when I need to close down, get my nose out of some dusty legal tome, and smell the roses. My idea of rest and relaxation is a good read, and if this is combined with a good laugh, so much the better!
I am too young to remember Henry Cecil’s heyday with his humorous books on the law, but I greatly enjoyed John Mortimer’s Rumpole series, immortalised on television by Leo McKern. Sadly, Mortimer and McKern are no longer with us, and are no doubt pleading at the Celestial Bar, but until recently, nobody took up the torch of legal humour to give us relief from the daily grind.
Browsing in the bookshops, or what is left of them, has been a fruitless exercise, but I recently went on Amazon, and to my surprise and delight, I found just what I was looking for. It’s a new book by Toby Potts entitled May It Please Your Lordship, and for me at least, it ticks all the boxes.
The book is set in the 70’s, and recounts the trials and tribulations of Toby from his call to the Bar, his experiences in pupillage, his first brief when he represents the wrong client, through to his great tour de force when he represents Santa Claus at the Old Bailey.
Each chapter recounts an episode in Toby’s eventful life at the Criminal Bar as he climbs the greasy pole to fame and fortune, or so he hopes.
I say it ticks all the boxes – it is very well written, and very funny.
There are other books on Amazon with the same title, but they’re as dry as a drainpipe in a drought. But May It Please Your Lordship by Toby Potts is easy enough to find, and well worth the search. Go to www.amazon.co.uk, log onto ‘books’, enter the title, and get ready for a really good read.
For Kindle addicts, I gather that the book will be Kindle user friendly in the very near future. Check it out.