©  NO BAR TO SUCCESS  by Peter Whiteman QC

The Preface

Peter Whiteman QC
Peter Whiteman
No Bar To Success
They   all   told   me   that   for   an   autobiography   to   sell   the   author   had   to   be   a “celebrity”   ,   a   personality,   preferably   one   who   is   well-known   to   television audiences.   I   am   not   such   a   person.   You   have   probably   never   heard   of   me.   I have   never   appeared   on   Strictly   Come   Dancing,   or   any   of   the   TV   Soaps,   or been   a   football   manager.   So   why,   despite   all   the   “advice”   I   received,   did   I still   go   ahead   and   write   this   book?   Because   I   really   believe,   and   I   hope   you will   agree,   that   my   life   story   is   truly   inspirational.   My   basic   belief,   and   the essential    theme    running    right    through    this    book,    is    that    nothing    is impossible.   But   of   course,   there   is   far   more   to   it   than   that.   It   is   a   story   of vicious   cruelty,   yet   of   kindness   beyond   belief;   of   heart-rending   sadness,   yet of   the   greatest   happiness;   of   unbelievable   success,   and   of   abysmal   failure; of intensely moving drama and of death. My   aim   is   to   excite   you,   entertain   you   and   encourage   you,   in   the   hope   that you   will   accept   my   basic   belief. You   may   find   such   an   aim   surprising,   given that   I   am   a   barrister   and   a   judge;   occupations   that   usually   conjure   up   the image   of   a   somewhat   staid,   conservative   person.   But   that   is   definitely   not me.   Here   you   will   find   no   tedious   recitation   of   cases   in   which   I   have   acted. Just   the   reverse.   My   unorthodox   approach   has   been   to   draw   back   the   curtain on   the   mystique   of   the   legal   establishment.   It   is   an   inside   story,   told   by   one who   has   been   a   barrister   for   some   fifty   years.   No   holds   are   barred,   famous names   are   named,   nothing   is   withheld,   nothing   is   concealed.   This   is   an amazing   story,   full   of   interest,   told   in   a   self-deprecatory   and   humorous   way. So   -   OK   I   am   not   a   TV   star   -   but   read   this   book   and   you   will   discover   that my   life   has   been   fascinating   and   quite   extraordinary.   You   may   laugh,   you may   cry,   you   may   be   intensely   moved,   but   I   believe   you   will   certainly   not be bored.  
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©  NO BAR TO SUCCESS  by Peter Whiteman QC

The Preface

Peter Whiteman QC
They   all   told   me   that   for    an autobiography to sell the author had to be a “celebrity” , a personality, preferably one who is well-known to television audiences. I am not such a person. You have probably never heard of me. I have never appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, or any of the TV Soaps, or been a football manager. So why, despite all the “advice” I received, did I still go ahead and write this book? Because I really believe, and I hope you will agree, that my life story is truly inspirational. My basic belief, and the essential theme running right through this book, is that nothing is impossible. But of course, there is far more to it than that. It is a story of vicious cruelty, yet of kindness beyond belief; of heart-rending sadness, yet of the greatest happiness; of unbelievable success, and of abysmal failure; of intensely moving drama and of death. My aim is to excite you, entertain you and encourage you, in the hope that you will accept my basic belief. You may find such an aim surprising, given that I am a barrister and a judge; occupations that usually conjure up the image of a somewhat staid, conservative person. But that is definitely not me. Here you will find no tedious recitation of cases in which I have acted. Just the reverse. My unorthodox approach has been to draw back the curtain on the mystique of the legal establishment. It is an inside story, told by one who has been a barrister for some fifty years. No holds are barred, famous names are named, nothing is withheld, nothing is concealed. This is an amazing story, full of interest, told in a self-deprecatory and humorous way. So - OK I am not a TV star - but read this book and you will discover that my life has been fascinating and quite extraordinary. You may laugh, you may cry, you may be intensely moved, but I believe you will certainly not be bored.  
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