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Garrows Law: The BBC Drama Revisited John Hostettler

Garrows Law: The BBC Drama Revisited

John Hostettler

Published December 9th 2013
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Kindle Edition
135 pages
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For any of the five million people who saw the prime-time BBC series “Garrow’s Law” this will be an absorbing book. Written by expert commentator John Hostettler who has studied Garrow extensively, Garrow’s Law uses the true facts on which theMoreFor any of the five million people who saw the prime-time BBC series “­Garrow’s Law” this will be an absorbing book. Written by expert commentator John Hostettler who has studied Garrow extensively, Garrow’s Law uses the true facts on which the programme was based to compare drama and reality.‘Easy to read and contains new material on William Garrow’: Richard Braby, direct descendant and Garrow biographer.Part I looks at the world in which the real life Garrow worked, marking out the main aspects of crime and punishment, which at the time operated primarily to deal with a troublesome but deprived and under-privileged strata of society: these unfortunates fed the conveyor belt to the courts, prisons and gallows. It was a world of few rights, effortless conviction, ready condemnation, draconian punishments and utter prejudice.Part II takes the reader through the cases portrayed in the TV series explain­ing their true origins and the jig-saw of facts, roles and events with which the scriptwriters wrestled in the interests of dramatic impact. The book compares the ‘factional’ drama with what actually happened at the time.John Hostettler is one of the UK’s leading biographers, having written over 20 biographies and other books on legal history.With a Preface by Bryan Gibson