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Summary

Meet the true face of British justice.

Nazir Afzal knows a thing or two about justice. As a Chief Prosecutor, it was his job to make sure the most complex, violent and harrowing crimes made it to court and that their perpetrators were convicted. From the Rochdale sex ring to the earliest prosecutions for honour killing and modern slavery, Nazir was at the forefront of the British legal system for decades.

But his story begins in Birmingham, in the '60s, as a young boy facing racist violence and the tragic death of a young family member - and it’s this that sets him on the path to his groundbreaking career and which enables him to help communities that the conventional justice system ignores, giving a voice to the voiceless.

A memoir of struggle and survival, as well as crime and punishment, The Prosecutor is both a searing insight into the justice system and a powerful story of one man’s pursuit of the truth.

Audio updated as of May 2020.

©2020 Nazir Afzal (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A fantastic book but terrible quality from Audible - several chapters are cut short mid sentence and one chapter is completely missing after about fifty seconds of audio. Really disappointing. I hope Audible will rectify this as soon as possible.

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Missing parts of chapters!

I have noticed that parts of the story are missing from this book, which is a shame as I was really enjoying the book as narrated by Nazir Afzal. I hope audible are able to upload the full version!

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Thank you Mr Afzal

This book sits alongside 'Do no harm,' 'This is going to hurt' and 'The secret Barrister' (all available from Audible and all well worth listening to). They are all written by successful and experienced professionals who have decided to write about their respective careers - in brain surgery, gynaecology, law - for the edification of the lay reader, for me. I am extremely grateful each time I am let into a new world by this effort at wider communication.

In 1987, after repeated miscarriages of justice, the police lost their role as prosecutors and this responsibility was handed over to an independent service: the Crown Prosecution Service. Mr Afzal joined the CPS in 1991 and had an important role in its development, dealing with a succession of high profile cases - most of which I had vaguely read about in the press.

Narration. Afzal decided to read his own book and it was a great decision. Although I often think a professional reader does a better job, in this case his special accent and delivery added a very human touch to the content. Here we have a boy of Pakistani origins who grew up in Birmingham, moved to London, mixed with lots of posh legal bods, and ended up in Manchester - and it is all there in his multilayered accent. The booming emphasis he gives to his key legal points (very barrister) underscored very faintly by a trace of the Birmingham youf.

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Audio missing!

I was looking forward to listening this, and even pre-ordered it weeks ago.

Imagine my disappointment at finding that there are great big chunks of the audio missing.

Utterly unacceptable that this was available to download in its current state.

I’ve been caught up in a seemingly endless stream of emails with Audible, yet they’ve failed to recognise that the issue is at their end.

Incredibly disappointing as the first three chapters I’ve listened to have been fascinating.

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Incredibly moving beautifully narrated
And jaw dropping in its storyline of the British justice system
Thankyou

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An admirable account

Loved this book. I don't read many autobiographical works, but I am so glad to have read this. It's an inspirational story, tackling difficult subject matter directly and sensitively.
I loved the author's reading, which was done with feeling. It added to the story. Wholeheartedly recommend.

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A triumph

Humility and pride in equal measure. Harrowing experiences and a rare insight into a broken system when it used to work. I've never listened to a book read with such passion. Bravo

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An excellent read

I enjoy autobiographies so much as a way of looking at the world with different eyes and this one was very revealing.
Cultural diversity is such a hot topic within the UK and although I was aware of some of the issues, this book read by the author gave me a renewed respect for those not supported by the community as a whole

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Best book I’ve ever read

After being too busy to read, listening to an audio book seemed like a good way to start again. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it, but I LOVED it. It’s safe to say that this is the best book I’ve ever read, and I’m sure I’ll listen to it again! With every case he describes, you’re able to picture it vividly in your mind, and become aware of issues you might not have considered before.

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Engrossing

I wanted to listen to this audiobook after hearing Nazir Afzal interviewed on TV and listening to him on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4.
His story was so moving and he obviously cares deeply about the victims he has dealt with. His compassion for women and girls in particular and his search for justice is inspirational.
To hear his story told in his own voice made the impact felt even more strongly.
I'm comforted to know that there are such committed people in Britain who are prepared to fight for what they know to be fair and just. A voice of reason in a very troubled world.

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  • 01-06-20

Inspiring and thought-provoking!

Excellent, such a refreshing and thoughtful book, a contrast to the tribalism in political debate now

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  • 11-05-20

Interesting and Informative

Nazir Afzal's memoir.Great read from an intelligent man who made his way in the judicial world through sheer hard work.