of A Judge to Far
"I found it an entertaining read. If
I am looking for an outspoken judge in future, I shall
certainly know whom to contact."
Legal Editor, The Daily Telegraph 02.05.02
career which is interesting in itself, but is also a
glowing example of the strengths of our social and
education system as it was before it was finally dumbed
down in the name of equality of opportunity.
general, this book is enjoyable, instructive and
refreshing. Narvel Annable has researched well and
interviewed widely. For my money, Judge Matthewman ought
now to be Lord Chief Justice rather than a retired Crown
Maxwell Craven, Derby Evening Telegraph
"Personal tales add to the character of the
story ... a must read for former pupils of the Long Eaton
Grammar School. This intriguing and amusing biography is
Karen Payne, Long Eaton
"Narvel has painstakingly
researched the full background of Keith's life.
Controversial and imaginative."
Pauline Oldrini, Belper
News 12.12.01 and Ripley and Heanor News 13.12.01
extraordinary life and an informative social history."
Derbyshire Life and Countryside Magazine, February 2002
"Congratulations to Narvel Annable ... so many interesting
stories in this biography about (as he is dubbed by the
Press) 'the hanging judge'."
John Holmes, BBC Radio
"Narvel's made a very good job of this
Brian Tansley, BBC Radio Nottingham 07.12.01
"Eagerly anticipated and twice read to date! I was full of
admiration for the way in which Narvel Annable has
successfully translated such obviously painstaking
research into such a fascinating insight into the life and
times of a colourful character.
"I feel very proud to
be associated with this publication which brought memories
flooding back and felt quite a few pangs of nostalgia."
Judy Cullimore, former Crown Court Reporter of the
Nottingham Evening Post 19.03.02
"A fascinating story
with photographs, documents and newspaper extracts which
stir local memories. As many criminals have found to their
cost, Judge Keith Matthewman is indeed a tough judge with
a tough reputation."
Today, April 2002
"A pity that it had to end - I had to
make myself put it down during the read in order to give
time to reflect and consider what had just been read to
see how it fitted into the 'big picture' of Mr Annable's
subject - a man with such outstanding and distinguished
features and qualities. A big 'thank you' to Narvel
Annable for giving readers the opportunity to have his
biography to read and enjoy. I particularly appreciated
his unique style which demonstrated that biography is not
linear but a complex mesh of happenings and features. It
was simply superb. I am left in wonder as to the author's
skills to compile, collate and style such a portrait and
insight of, and about, such a wonderful person."
Judge, Lambley, Nottingham 28.12.01
"An excellent book
providing fascinating social and historical insights."
The Campaign for Real Education 30.12.02
"Mr Annable, an author with unusual disciplined powers of
concentration and single mindedness, has done enough
meticulous painstaking research to have earned two
doctorates in this work which is interesting and highly
educational. I am envious of his creative drive. The few
create; the many enjoy."
Alex Hart, Highland Park,
Michigan USA 04.04.02
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