John Murray acquires barrister biography

John Murray acquires barrister biography

John Murray has acquired a biography of renowned criminal barrister Jeremy Hutchinson, written by barrister and author Thomas Grant QC.

Hutchinson, who is turning 100 this year, was instrumental in many high-profile cases such as the trials of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Fanny Hill to the sex and spying scandals which contributed to Harold Macmillan's resignation in 1963. He also defended figures including double agent George Blake, Christine Keeler, Great Train robber Charlie Wilson and drug dealer Howard Marks.

Roland Philipps, publisher at John Murray, bought world rights in the book, titled Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories from Caroline Dawnay at United Agents.

Philipps said: “Jeremy Hutchinson’s cases have entered the public imagination and his life has been a remarkable one by any account. It is an immense privilege to be publishing this book, suffused as it is by his wonderful personality.”

Aside from his professional achievements, the book will look at Hutchinson’s personal life, starting with his upbringing in the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group with family friends such as  T S Eliot and Aldous Huxley. He also married Shakespearian actress Peggy Ashcroft, served in the Second World War and was present at the bombing of HMS Kelly, and ran as the Labour candidate for Westminster in 1945.

John Murray will publish Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories on 4th June, with the Guardian hosting an event that will see Hutchinson in conversation with Alan Rusbridger at Kings Place on Monday 8th June.