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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,585,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Libri Mundi on November 26, 2000
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This book is great but little less juicy than Cecil's other books. I would say four of the eight stories are great but again his style makes up for much of it. Hardly ever you will read court stories written in such witty fashion. After reading his books you might feel "why not find a judge's job". But one thing is for sure that none of his stories are similar -immaculate British English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chequer on December 5, 2012
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I am slowly working my way through the Henry Cecil collection as his books are usually an entertaining read with his "tongue in cheek" style of highlighting the foibles of his fellow peers at the bench. Although slightly dated now, the books still provide a fascinating insight into the workings of British legal system, its appeals processes and the "action" in the courtroom in the mid - late 20th century. In this collection of short stories, his quirky sense of humour once again comes to the fore. Whilst the action isn't always fast paced, the stories are well written and often contain a twist in the tale. The short story format in this book is always an enjoyable format for me.
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