We start with a subject area which despite its seriousness remains perennially popular, before moving onto 'lighter' matters! Alan Jackamans Napper: Through a Glass Darkly was the basis for the Channel 4s 2021 drama Deceit. It describes his 15 year campaign to bring Robert Napper to justice for a later murder after he killed Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common plus the mistakes that allowed this to happen.
Legal history enthusiasts will be captivated by Barrington Blacks brand new The Jewish Contribution to English Law which has been described as superb, erudite and humorous with a cheery style of writing.
Whilst for anyone in search of bizarre events, The Ouija Board Jurors by Jeremy Gans tells the full unbelievable yet true story of the English jury that turned to the spirit world.
Not to mention John Hoskings outstanding Our Magistracy in which he explains why Englands 800-year-old-volunteer JPs are a democratic jewel beyond price.
A rip-roaring true tale of murder and injustice is told by George Skelly in The Cameo Conspiracy which brings to the page the life, pubs, characters and underworld of post-Second World War Liverpool. Or for those interested in The Troubles there is Tom Murtaghs impressive The Maze Prison that is packed with stories, people and events of that era.
Prisoner biographies where lives have been turned around have long been a staple of our list. The latest of these and ideal for anyone seeking encouragement or reassurance is the re-issued and revised edition of Trevor Hercules Labelled a Black Villain, in which he also describes the social deprivation mindset that holds back so many young people.
Anne Harrisons touching story of adoption and long search for her birth mother (who then rejected her) is told in Call Me Auntie which has been described as an excellent read for anyone who has compassion and a cant put it down read. In a similar vein Ben Ashcriofts admired Fifty-One Moves is an account of being passed from pillar to post as a child in care.
Closely connected to law, order and especially drugs are David Nutts recently published books. Brain and Mind Made Simple is ideal for all newcomers to studies of brain, mind and consciousness.
His autobiography, Nutt Uncut challenges long held but potentially wrong beliefs from the scientific world. Professor Nutt was famously fired by the Home Secretary, which he describes fully in this book.
Did you know that Arthur Bostrom, who played one of TVs favourite characters in hit series Allo, Allo!, has recently reprised the role? And whats more, he will personally sign and inscribe* a copy of his book Good Moaning France!: Officer Crabtree’s Fronch Phrose Berk if you purchase this from Waterside Press (only) and tell him what you would like to say to you or your friend, etc. *N.B. The requested inscription will be translated into Fronch.
The book which has a Foreword by music legend Rick Wakeman was a huge success in this regard last year when many found inscribed copies in their Christmas stocking.