This is the pseudonymous account of a British barrister dealing in one of the more personally interesting if disenchanting areas of the law- divorce- at the expense of its encroachment upon his own marriage. So that his book, while it is full of all kinds of fascinating casework about domestic disaffection, as well as a broader understanding of the relationship between men and women within the framework of the law and society (in England, the law favors the woman- perhaps to make up for the indifference with which the Englishman treats her). It is also the record of the failure of his own marriage- his commitment to his clients rather than his wife, Mary, the default of the ""public man"" to the ""private woman"". Enlightened and experienced in dealing with others, Mortlock when faced with the failure of his own marriage behaved as badly- and as blindly- as any of his clients, and only after the accident (?) which almost killed him, found the way to salvage his life with Mary.....The dossier of all kinds of litigation between Summons and Judgments (wills and legatees; eccentric quirks; medical malpractice; etc., etc.) keeps this lively in its human interest, psychologically versed in its insight, and forthright-to-blunt in its handling.