Take a leaf out of your own book

Forget your beach reads. All lawyers need for literary inspiration this summer is a quick look at their own firms. And there are so, so many undiscovered authors out there, are there not?

Forget your beach reads. All lawyers need for literary inspiration this summer is a quick look at their own firms. And there are so, so many undiscovered authors out there, are there not?

Take these, for instance:
Herbert Smith – late Victorian realist, heavily influenced by Zola and Bennett.
Walker Morris – dustbowl Depression writer; later a screenwriter in Hollywood and the man behind They Died With Their Winklepickers On.
Irwin Mitchell – another 1970s novelist, best known for semi-pornographic scenes and fisticuffs with Norman Mailer.
Charles Russell – minor poet, one of the Bloomsbury set.
Morgan Cole – won the Bardic chair at the 1965 Eisteddfod for his exquisite cynghanedd.
Thomas Eggar – 18th century Augustan poet, lapsed into obscurity after he fell out with Dryden, but Pope immortalised their quarrel in his Quatrains for the Earl of Derby.
Salans – short story writer of gnomic intensity.
Frere Cholmeley – contemporary of Langland, but only fragments remain of his work.
Osborne Clarke – World War I poet, died of trenchfoot.
Clifford Chance – creator of louche, aristocratic detective whose exploits were later serialised in Radio 4’s Fenton Laidlaw investigates.