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Law in Literature

A guide to complement the Law in Literature collection housed in the Law Library
Welcome to the Law in Literature Collection

Law in Literature at Newcastle University is a collection of novels, short stories, graphic novels, poetry, films, plays that all relate to Law.

The collection was built in collaboration with Law School staff and students to help encourage reading for pleasure, broaden literary awareness, and highlight interdisciplinary study. You will find a diverse range of voices and stories within this collection, and a range of themes from human rights to A.I., crime to legal ethics, and more...

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." - Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you would like to recommend a book or film, or would like to suggest a "Law School Pick", please get in touch.

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Law School Picks

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime.

The Reader is a novel by German law professor and judge Bernhard Schlink. The story is a parable, dealing with the difficulties post-war German generations have had comprehending the Holocaust, especially now as the victims, witnesses and living memory fade.

The Reader is also a film, available to watch on Box of Broadcasts.