In the Journal Of the Commonwealth Lawyer’s Association the following book review of Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes ? by Desmond De Silva appeared in the current issue of the magazine.
Here what it emphasises :
“To say that Desmond de Silva QC comes with an exotic background and a remarkable
career would not be an exaggeration. Born in Ceylon of Sinhalese and Anglo-Scottish origins, schooled in England, married to a Yugoslav princess, called to the English
Bar (where he established a successful career as a criminal silk) and invited to carry out a number of international missions, including some high-profile ones such as the arrest of the Liberian strongman Charles Taylor for war crimes in Sierra
Leone, he has been in the limelight for some years now.
In these, his memoirs, he recounts the highs and lows of his eventful career. Included are reminiscences of some of the cases he has been involved in, pen portraits of many of the ‘great and the good’ he has mixed with, and observations on important developments in the world of English law. His affection for the common law and its continuing significance will be of particular interest to many, as will his trenchant observations on some of the more controversial happenings of recent years.
Sample this broadside on the diminution of the role of the
Lord High Chancellor:
Today, in 2017, there are forces at play that have even left members of the judiciary waiting to leave in droves. Something is terribly wrong when a barrister, in order to obtain a practising certificate, is required to make a contribution to a war chest maintained by the Bar Council to finance battles with the Lord Chancellor who, until 2012,when the rot set in seriously, was a distinguished lawyer and
the trusted voice for the Bar in Cabinet.
Hugely entertaining as it is, there is also – in common with many autobiographies – a certain amount of vanity evident in the book. But, taken as a whole, this is a volume which will be welcomed by lawyers and non-lawyers alike within the
As his publisher, Quartet is proud to have had the privilege of having Desmond as one of its authors, such a great character, a brilliant QC and a man whose wit and joie de vivre is unsurpassable. Buy his book and you will be enthralled!