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Events: 17 June 2021

Join the King’s Inns Book Club

Join the King’s Inns Book Club

Do you like reading books? More importantly, do you love discussing your reads with fellow readers? Our Librarian and Dean are hosting a Book Club for students, members and the wider alumni community at King’s Inns.

Here’s how it will work

  • We will organise about five meetings in the course of the academic year, via Zoom. Meetings will take place in the evening, at a time when we hope most of you will be able to attend.
  • We will read books related to law or by legal authors, but NO textbooks or academic books. We may also include some books related to other topics.
  • You do not need to read the whole book in order to come along to the meeting but just be aware that there may be spoilers during the chat about the book if you haven’t got to the end by the time we meet online.
  • You do not have to attend every meeting, please sign up at any time to come along to the next book club meeting.

Book Club 2020 – 2021

The inaugural meeting of the King’s Inns Book Club was held on Monday 30 November 2020, where we discussed “Fake Law” by The Secret Barrister. We were delighted when The Secret Barrister interacted with the Dean on Twitter in the run up to the event, although we can’t guarantee the same level of interaction from all our authors!

At our second meeting we had another great evening discussing ‘The Center Cannot Hold’ by Elyn R Saks, a beautifully written account of the life of a successful lawyer who describes her own experience of mental health issues with clarity, humour and insight.

For our third book club, we surveyed everyone who had already signed up and they voted for the book they would like to read next from a selection of titles. The winner was “The Trial – a history from Socrates to OJ Simpson” by Sadakat Kadri and we held a lively discussion about this book on Monday, 1 March. 

On Monday 26 April, we held our fourth meeting and were delighted to be joined by some new faces, as well as our regular attendees. We had all managed to finish the selected book this time “In Your Defence” by Sarah Langford, and it prompted a wide–ranging discussion on reflection. Sarah interacted with King’s Inns on Twitter and was delighted to hear we were holding a book club meeting in her name. 

The fifth meeting of the King’s Inns Book Club, and the final one for this academic year, was held in June 2021. “Beyond the tape: the life and many deaths of a State Pathologist” by Dr Marie Cassidy, was the title selected by members. We had a great turn out with lots of chat and contributions, exactly what we hoped for when we started the Book Club.

We are taking a break until the start of the new academic term. We’ve already had some titles suggested and look forward to hearing from our members with other suggestions.

How to get involved for 2021 – 2022

  1. For now, register below to become a member.
  2. We will email members in the autumn to choose the books for our next meetings.

Where to get books

Books can be purchased from Irish Bookshops online such as

And borrowed from 

  • Many local libraries are offering a reserve and collect service. Find your local library here.

Connect via Social

If you want to reach out to anyone participating in the book club, use the hashtag #KIBookClub on Social – Twitter is our chosen network.

If you need help with anything, drop us an email at members@kingsinns.ie.

Sign up for the Book Club below