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Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes?


This is the fascinating story of Desmond de Silva’s work, from the arrest of Charles Taylor for war crimes in Sierra Leone, to defending household names such as John Terry, via murder, celebrity and spy trials. With a Foreword by Julian Fellowes. 

Born in Ceylon during World War II, Desmond de Silva went on to become one of the most high-profile jury advocates of his generation. This memoir provides an authoritative account of some of his most remarkable cases, covering over half a century of practice in the courts of England, the Commonwealth and as Chief Prosecutor of an international criminal court that in 2012 brought to justice the first Head of State since the Nuremberg trials in 1946.

It is also a revealing portrait of Britain’s post-war social, political and cultural landscape – and a testament to the unparalleled importance of the rule of law in society. De Silva’s own reminiscences are complemented by a series of colourful case histories written by the Evening Standard’s veteran court correspondent Paul Cheston.

Accessible and entertainingly written, de Silva speaks without censor about a remarkable life spent in the corridors of power.

Desmond de Silva, QC is a prominent British lawyer and former United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor in Sierra Leone. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984, he was knighted in 2007. He lives in Belgravia, London and Sri Lanka.


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