Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lawyer-Novelists - Success stories - Legalweek

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Alex Aldridge meets the next generation of literary lawyers and asks what it takes to get published

With their weakness for long-winded sentences, concern with preserving reputation and grinding 24/7 workloads, lawyers arent the sort of people youd immediately associate with creative writing. But the link between law and literature has always been strong. And where Charles Dickens, Henry Cecil Leon and John Mortimer once walked, now come the next generation of lawyer-novelists.

One Temple Gardens barrister Tim Kevan “AKA Times Online legal blogger BabyBarista “ is the lawyer-turned-writer of the moment. The commercial disputes and personal injury specialist™s first novel, BabyBarista and the Art of War, will be published by Bloomsbury in July.

Having begun BabyBarista as an independent blog three years ago, Kevan was contacted by The Times with an offer to host the blog on its website about six months after he started writing. A book deal followed soon after. What has happened is beyond my wildest dreams, says Kevan, who did most of the writing while “sitting on trains to various courts. He adds that he has no problem adapting his style to make it accessible to non-lawyers: Barristers are, by nature, storytellers. And the human interest side of life at the Bar makes great material for books.

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