Books about the Law are normally long, and probably very complicated. As its title suggests, this book is the opposite. The triumph of Michael Heneker’s approach is that he depicts English Law accurately in its historic context, defines properly the principles that underlie it, and describes how the legal system works to deliver justice for everyone. The style is readable, clear and easy to understand. This is not designed to be a textbook for lawyers, or even for law students (though it will be enormously useful to anyone who is considering whether to join the legal profession). It is expressly written for non-lawyers, that is, for all of us, who are bound to come into contact with some aspect of the legal system in our daily lives, and want to know more about what it is, how it works, and what it can do for us. Michael Heneker is a practising solicitor.