In Black and White is an absolutely fascinating read for so many reasons! Although I read a lot of crime novels, I would have to say that my understanding of how the court system works is definitely not as good as it could be. Alexandra very clearly outlines how many aspects of the legal system function and what different terms mean and this has led to a few ‘light bulb’ moments for me! As a female reader, it is great to read such an interesting book by a young woman who has succeeded and made her way into a highly competitive system when the odds were not necessarily in her favour. At the very beginning Alexandra writes about her cousin Ayo and the tragic circumstances surrounding his death. Whilst I had a limited understanding of elements of racism within the justice system, I was unaware of many of the aspects which Alexandra discusses. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn.
I really like how In Black and White is written. I found it very easy to read and not too technically challenging to understand. It has a very conversational feel to it and is a really nice balance between life and work related anecdotes. Alexandra does not shy away from talking about difficult issues both in her training where she has unfortunately been subjected to some very strange and unpleasant comments from other members within the profession but also those within society. She frequently talks about the challenges that a lack of diversity create and it has opened my eyes to quite a few things that I simply did not know or understand the extent of. One of the other strengths of this book is that there are references and a bibliography provided and further reading. I definitely would like to read more around this area to increase my understanding.
I think this is an important book and a very accessible book so I really hope that it will be widely read. Seeing someone so passionate about her career and her drive to make changes rather than just accept things are and will be how they are is really inspiring. We need to do better as a nation but I think there is most definitely hope.
Thank you to Octopus, to Alexandra and to Random Things Tours for having me on this #BlogTour.