A Higher Duty

A Higher Duty

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did-not-finish, , dnf, 1960-s, Law

It's the early 1960's and the Bar is dominated by white, privileged, Oxbridge men. Underneath a profession which proudly flaunts its integrity and traditions lies a world of hypocrisy and ruthless self-interest. When scandal threatens, self-preservation is the only goal and no one is indispensable. Ben Schroeder, a talented young man from an East End Jewish family, has been accepted as a pupil into the Chambers of Bernard Wesley QC. But Schroeder is an outsider, not part of this privileged society, where wealth and an Oxbridge education are essentials. He encounters prejudice, intrigue and scandal. Kenneth Gaskell, a rising star of Wesley's Chambers has become involved in an affair with a high-profile client and the relationship, if known, could ruin his career, and the careers of all those around him. But Bernard Wesley has some information - he knows about a student prank that went terribly wrong - but can he use this knowledge in a desperate gamble to save his Chambers and turn the tables on his old rival, Miles Overton QC?

Title:A Higher Duty
Edition Language:English
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    A Higher Duty Reviews

  • Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Formal, jumpy, confusing, interesting, different.I really wanted to be able to finish this. It was good, really good actually, and totally different from anything I've read before. But it was...

  • Gaby

    DNFI really wanted to like this because I've studied law for 7 years and I'm currently working in a solicitors, but I just couldn't get into it. I will admit there were times I was interested in the p...

  • Ellora

    A Higher Duty by Peter Murphy is a tale of a bitter divorce that involves clashes between the best in class and the social outcast. The story begins on a cold December night made warm by the Cambridge...

  • Harry B

    I have read a few legal fiction stories in the past few years; some entirely comedic and others very much serious. This one falls just in between, which I would call the goldilocks zone; which in my o...

  • CR Spencer

    I very much enjoyed this book being a child of the 1960s. The author captures the prejudice, racism and general unpleasantness of the era especially the divided UK society that still exists to some ex...

  • Gordon Johnston

    A legal thriller that is rather a slow burner. Action at the beginning, an interesting ending but very little in between.Set in the early sixties, this is a study of class. Of the ways in which the es...

  • Alison Mclean

    Good bookAt first thought I had chosen the book. The first chapter had left me undecided. I decided to read on for another two chapters n if it still didn't work for me then I would put the book aside...

  • Amanda Hall

    Just about passable, i won't be reading the 2nd in the seriesA rather dull story with characters which are developed only to a superficial level. The biggest disappointment was the lack of reference t...

  • Eirlys

    Very enjoyable readI was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. Ben was an interesting character with a sense of justice and honesty. The rest of the characters were well crafted and felt ...

  • Doreen Vaz

    A Higher DutyI found this book rather long and drawn out. The characters were fairly strong in their weaknesses. Nobody seemed have any real say . They just all seemed nearly controlled....