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Unlawful Killings: Life, Love and Murder: Trials at the Old Bailey

Wendy Joseph KC
In conversation with Stephanie Merrit

Wendy Joseph’s gripping account of being a judge at the Old Bailey became an instant Sunday Times bestseller.  She will be discussing what it is like to be a murder trial judge, dispensing justice in some of the UK’s most high profile murder cases and witnessing both the best and worst of human behaviour.  She will be interviewed by Stephanie Merritt.

Wendy Joseph

About the author:

Until March 2022 Her Honour Wendy Joseph KC was a judge at the Old Bailey, sitting on criminal cases, trying mainly allegations of murder and other homicide. She read English and Law at Cambridge, was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1975, became a QC in 1998 and sat as a full-time judge from 2007 to 2022. When she moved to the Old Bailey in 2012 she was the only woman amongst sixteen judges, and only the third woman ever to hold a permanent position there. She was also a Diversity and Community Relations Judge, working to promote understanding between the judiciary and many different sectors of our community, particularly those from less privileged and minority groups. She mentors young people, from a variety of backgrounds, who hope for a career in law and has a special interest in helping women.

About the interviewer:

Stephanie Merritt has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer. Under the pseudonym of S. J. Parris she has created the series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno, which has now sold over one million copies and made her a Sunday Times bestselling author. She has also written the contemporary psychological thrillers While You Sleep and Storm under her own name.

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