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In Black and White

A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System
Narrated by: Jessica Hayles
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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'I glanced around the courtroom, quickly at first and then repeated it. Slower this time, taking in the details of everyone's faces. I began to play the game I'd played my whole life: spot the black person. Of course, I wish it didn't matter what I looked like or where I came from, but it was obvious that no one there looked like me.'

Alexandra is 25, mixed-race and from Essex. As a trainee barrister, she finds herself navigating a world and a set of rules designed by a privileged few. This is her story. 

We follow Alexandra through a criminal justice system still divided by race and class. We hear about the life-changing events that motivated her to practice law, beginning with the murder of a close family friend and her own experiences of knife crime. 

She shows us how it feels to defend someone who hates the colour of your skin or someone you suspect is guilty and the heart-breaking cases of youth justice she has worked on. We see what it's like for the teenagers coerced into county line drug deals and the damage that can be caused when we criminalise teenagers. 

Her story is unique in a profession still dominated by a privileged section of society with little first-hand experience of the devastating impact of violent crime.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Alexandra Wilson (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

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Inspiring story of an unlikely hero

Alex’s personal and professional story should inspire those that are told are unlikely to make it to the bar: a woman, a black person, and someone with an Essex accent. The stories of her interactions with her clients help us appreciate the value of genuine diversity in the legal profession. She is a young voice speaking to inspire a new generation of unlikely heroes!

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Funnier than I expected!

Glad this wasn't just some gritty black-kid-who-made-it story. Genuinely interesting to hear about legal system and stories of cases are often hilarious. Nice one!

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Everyone should read this

Gives a really good insight into the training and experiences of a new barrister. The author seems very sincere and tells very interesting stories with humility and humour. The issues regarding race both in the legal profession and those being dealt with by the criminal justice system are shocking and the author should be proud of her achievements in both her career and in raising awareness of those issues in this book.

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very insightful.

loved it. couldn't stop listening . a brave book because I can imagine some barristers are not keen on the rest of us seeing the inside of a barrister life.

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Love it this book

A great book to read , written very well
By a very caring. Barrister so happy to finally finished it