Thursday, 14 October 2010


I have just been given a copy of Geoff Adlam's new history of legal publisher Brookers. This is a fascinating story of how the publisher began with its unique system for annotating statutes. That may not necessarily inspire the reader into picking up the book, but it is rather the soap opera of the early Broker and Friend families which could be the subject of a text of its own. One does not think of legal publishing as any more than a somewhat arid and academic industry, but in fact it does seem to draw in the eccentric and the colourful. This is worth reading so find a copy-or try There are only limited copies apparently. Brookers very kindly sent me one, but I would have admired the book anyway. They also have a tradition of hospitality which includes a good pinot noir.

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