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KHRP Patron Michael Mansfield QC to Publish New Book
ImageKHRP Patron Michael Mansfield QC will launch his new book, Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer, at this year’s Edinburgh Festival in August, with publication to follow on 7 September.

Michael Mansfield has represented defendants in criminal trials, appeals and inquiries in some of the most controversial legal cases the country has seen. This has included work on behalf of the Birmingham Six, the family of Stephen Lawrence, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, and Turkish and Kurdish exiles.
In this book, he discusses many of his cases, revealing his motivations, meticulous approach to forensic science, cross examination techniques, the political dimensions and his emotional reactions with clarity, subtlety and charm. Interspersed with personal anecdotes and recollections, this insightful book is liberally laced with his quirky brand of anarchic humour.

‘The process of writing this book has reinforced for me the absolute necessity to heed the lessons of the past, lest we are constrained to repeat them in chillingly similar, monotonous detail,’ he said. ‘Increasingly this has become a memoir of the “here and now”, looking back, as it were, on the present. I hope the book will be a form of prism for the future.’

The launch of Michael Mansfield’s book (written with Yvette Vanson) will take place in the RBS Main Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival at 4pm on Monday 31 August 2009. In addition, Michael will hold talks and book signings around the country on the following dates:

  • Saturday 5 September 6pm - VIVA! 15th Anniversary Dinner, Circomedia, Bristol
  • Monday 7 September 7pm - Riverside Studios, London W6 9RL Tel: 0208 237 1111 £10/£8
  • Thursday 10 September  6.30pm - City University, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
  • Saturday 12 September - Dublin, Trinity College
  • Friday 18 September  Noon - Harrods/Waterstones, South Kensington, London
  • Sunday 20 September 7.30pm - Thame Players Theatre, Oxford
  • Tuesday 29 September 6.30pm The Gallery at Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EB Free, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a place
  • Friday 9 October 7pm - Sheffield ‘Off The Shelf ’ Festival, Pennine Theatre
  • Saturday 10 October 7.30pm - Chester Literary Festival
  • Sunday 11 October 5.30pm - Ilkley Literature Festival
  • Monday 12 October 7.30pm – Cheltenham/Times Literature Festival
  • Wednesday 14 October 5pm - Goldsmiths, London (TBC)
  • Thursday 15 October 7.30pm - Bath with Topping & Co, St Michael’s Church
  • Friday 16 October 6.30pm - Bristol Festival of Ideas, St George’s Hall
  • Wednesday 21 October 6pm – Kent University
  • Thursday 22 October Liverpool Charity Event (TBC)
  • Monday 26 October 7.30pm - Belfast Festival at Queens 09
  • Tuesday 10 November 7.30pm - Grimsby Everyman Club, Elizabeth Hotel

For details of these events, please contact Colin Midson (0207 494 6054) or Bill Swainson (0207 494 6025) at Bloomsbury Publishing.