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Under the Wig

A Lawyer's Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence
Narrated by: William Clegg
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? Or sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case?

In this memoir, murder case lawyer William Clegg revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the man given life because of an earprint. All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict comes back, and how our right to a fair trial is now at risk.

Under the Wig is for anyone who wants to know the reality of a murder trial. Switch off the TV dramas and see real criminal law in action.

Well-known cases featured: the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common, the Chillenden murders (Dr Lin and Megan Russell), the trial of Private Lee Clegg, the murder of Jill Dando, the first Nazi war crimes prosecution in the UK, the murder of Joanna Yeates, the Rebekah Brooks phone hacking trial.

©2018 William Clegg (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

 "Gripping." (The Times)

"This is a gripping memoir from one of our country's greatest jury advocates, offering a fascinating, no-holds-barred tour behind the scenes of some of the most famous criminal cases of modern times." (The Secret Barrister)

"A must read if you've got any interest in the criminal law." (Matthew Scott, Barrister Blog)

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Average.

Some interesting cases but not presented in any sort of gripping way. Too much time given to things such as what happened in Chambers, etc which is not really interesting for most listeners.

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interesting.

Following a QC through cases covered by the press. worth my credit I say.

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Gripping and unforgettable - really?

This book didn't grip me at all. I found it a bit tedious and dull. Usually I think it adds something to a book when it is narrated by the author, but I think it might have been better if it had been narrated by someone else. William Clegg QC stumbled over the words as if he'd never seen them before. Actually, as it was written by a ghost writer, he probably hadn't seen them before! Sorry, but I will be returning this one.