Ophelia In Pieces

by Clare Jacob

On the eve of her 39th birthday, top barrister Ophelia Dormandy decides she is going to make amends. Tonight, after months of late nights at her desk, she’s going to return home early, cook a special supper – maybe wear that red dress Patrick once said he liked…

But Ophelia is in for a shock. After 20 years of marriage, her husband announces he’s been having an affair, and leaves. Her home life implodes, and work soon follows suit – before long, she’s broke, drinking too much and falling for a client of questionable guilt. And then she is faced with the most serious trial of her life, when a disgruntled defendant comes back to haunt her, threatening everything that she holds dear.

“Shifting between the world of wig and gown in London’s Inner Temple and fraught domesticity in Camberwell, Ophelia in Pieces is a book for every woman trying to juggle work and home life, worried that they are failing at both. But ultimately it is about the painful, character-building business of having to pick up the pieces when everything seems utterly broken.Barrister Clare Jacob’s every detail rings true… But it is Ophelia herself who is at the heart of this involving, absorbing, sympathetic novel, and you’ll be rooting for her on every page.”  – The Lady

“This first novel is a sharp, witty commentary on the male-dominated world of the law, and juggling motherhood and a career.” – The Times

“A rare treat in chick-lit fiction.” – Edinburgh Evening News

“Ophelia in Pieces is a good read… with plenty of glorious moments.” – The Guardian

“Wigs, high heels and extensive briefs: The shocking truth about life as a female barrister.”
<em>Daily Mail</em>
“Female barristers: one woman's tale of the obstacles she faced.”
<em>The Daily Telegraph</em>
“Ophelia Dormandy had me hooked from the first page... an interesting insight into the way the courts work and the life of a barrister...This is Clare Jacob's debut and I do hope that we'll be seeing more from her in the future. ”
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About Clare Jacob

Clare Jacob was brought up in London and New York. She read English at Oxford and became a barrister because she loved John Donne. After years of defending clients accused variously of bomb-making, hiding cocaine in coconuts and stealing under-pants, she decided to capture the lunacy and mystery of it all in a novel. She is married with three children.