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BY CHARLES BLOOM

 

His Honour Charles Bloom QC retired in 2012 from a career in law spanning fifty years and after sitting for fifteen years as a Circuit Judge in mainly in Greater Manchester.

 

In this book he tells of his journey from a small terraced house in working class area of Manchester, to judge sitting on the Bench.

 

Commencing in the war years and in a society in which racism and class discrimination were sometimes a feature, he recounts his successful journey from early schooldays to University, Bar School and pupil barrister, to a world which was totally alien to his background and upbringing.

 

With remarkable candour and not without humour, he regales stories and anecdotes from both the barrister’s chambers and the Judicial Bench offering an exceptional opportunity to learn what goes on behind the judge’s court door. You will also encounter some of his colleagues at the Bar and on the Bench, both at work and at play.  

 

Life in Bloom offers a unique insight into not just social history but also a rare glimpse of the legal world and life at the Bar on both sides of the Judicial Bench which isn’t just revelatory, but hugely entertaining too.

 

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to charity.

 

 

 

 

Life in Bloom 

ISBN: 978-1910275061

360 pages 487g

21.00 x 14.8 cm  Paperback

Published in November 2014 by Stellar Books

 

RRP £12.99

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

His Honour Charles Bloom QC retired in 2012 from a career in law spanning fifty years and after sitting for fifteen years as a Circuit Judge in mainly in Greater Manchester.

 

His book, ‘Life in Bloom’ tells of his journey from a small terraced house in Woodlands Road, Cheetham, a working class area of Manchester, to Bruntwood Lane Cheadle, Cheshire; from pupil sitting at a desk in Temple County Primary School, Cheetham, to judge sitting on the Bench in the Crown Court and the High Court.

 

He was called to the Bar in 1963, and practiced from chambers in Manchester and subsequently also from chambers in London until 1997. He was appointed a part time judge of the Crown Court and County Court in 1978 and a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. In 1997 he was appointed a full time Circuit Judge sitting on criminal cases in the Crown Court and also on family cases in the County Court and in the High Court in Manchester and in London.

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As featured in The Times:

' Bloom’s journey from working-class Manchester to being a judge of 15 years’ standing is brimful with humour, anecdotes and insight.'

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