Book Review: Hopeless in Gaza?


I always enjoy the week between Christmas and New Year; it gives me the chance to do all those jobs that I’ve wanted to do around the house and to wade into the pile of books and novels I collect throughout the year and never quite get chance to read. This year has been no different and in amongst all the festivities I’ve managed to make some inroads into the reading list.  A case in point is the first novel by Selma Dabbagh, a British Palestinian writer, called Out of It.  It makes for a very uncomfortable, although very readable experience (if that isn’t a contradiction in terms).

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Law and Peace Reviewed




I often get asked what is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister. The usual answer is that solicitors are the back room boys and barristers stand up in court and present the cases, but that isn’t completely definitive.  A more visual example is provided in Tim Kevan’s new book “Law and Peace”, the second volume of BabyBarista’s diaries: barristers wear doublecuffs and hand-made suits, solicitors leather jackets and rucksacks. Hmm.

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