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  • Brenda Hale is a superhero who embodies Parker's law that great power brings equivalent responsibility. Her wise, accessible memoir is essential, entertaining and inspirational reading for all lovers of freedom, equality and justice

    Shami Chakrabarti
  • What a life, what a story... Spider Woman is restrained, warm, dryly funny ... and an inspiration to all women to aim high... Whatever her title, Brenda Hale rocks

    Melanie Reid, The Times
  • Inspirational and iconic

    Philippe Sands
  • A feminist icon... Her success story is an inspiration for men and women both - showing that law matters

    Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
  • This book is not only essential reading for anyone who is in the Law or interested in the Law but it is also a fascinating personal story

    Cherie Blair
  • A compelling account of a path-breaking and inspirational career by one of the most influential lawyers and judges of our times

    David Pannick QC
  • Brenda Hale's story is extraordinary. She has been a pioneer as a woman... Spider woman and agent of change

    Harriet Harman
  • Lady Hale takes us on the journey from 'girly swot' to 'Spider Woman' and along the way teaches us about the importance of the rule of law and protecting human rights... with humanity, humour and deep insight

    Minouche Shafik
  • This is an extraordinary and essential journey through the law by the most inspiring of figures

    Nazir Afzal
  • Fluently written... Her accounts of her more groundbreaking cases are fascinating... [Spider Woman is] quietly thrilling

    Rachel Cooke, Observer

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