Prima Facie: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Prima Facie: A Novel (Hardcover)


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“Enthralling and sharp-witted...Highly recommended.”
Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

“Bold, fearless...Prima Facie is a deeply rewarding, absolute must read.”
—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

This is not life, this is law…

Tessa Ensler loves her job. She’s worked her way up to being a top criminal defense barrister against all the odds, and fights to defend those pleading not guilty. Tessa believes in the law, believes in the system. Her quick-witted cross-examinations and intelligence in the courtroom see her clocking up win after win - including securing freedom for men accused of rape and sexual assault. Innocence until proven guilty is, after all, the bedrock of a civilized society.

But when Tessa is raped by a coworker, she struggles to find the strength to bring him to justice in the face of the barriers and opposition within that same system. Determined to have her day in court, Tessa is forced to confront the stark reality that the law was not written for victims, and that she is the one on trial. She fights on, even as her evidence is manipulated to make her look like a liar, even while she is retraumatized in the stand.

Based on the Olivier and Tony Award-winning play, Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie is an unforgettable story of what happens when a victim is asked to navigate a system that is not set up to accommodate the lived experience of sexual assault survivors.

Suzie Miller is a contemporary international playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. Based in both London and Sydney, Australia, Miller has had her work produced around the world, winning multiple prestigious awards, including for her smash-hit one-woman play Prima Facie, which ran a sold-out, critically successful season on London’s West End, winning the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Play 2023 and Best Actress 2023; followed by a critically successful season on Broadway, receiving four Tony Award nominations and a win for Best Actress 2023. Miller is educated in science and law, with a doctorate in drama and mathematics. She practiced human rights law before turning to writing full-time and is currently developing major theater, film, and television projects across the UK, USA, and Australia, including feature film adaptations of her plays. Prima Facie is her first novel.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250292209
ISBN-10: 1250292204
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: January 30th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English

"Hits like a ton of bricks, evoking in full the physical and emotional horror of sexual assault and its lasting effects on the victim... A rawly moving debut filled with insights into the legal system and its shortcomings."
Kirkus (starred review)

“Enthralling and sharp-witted—Prima Facie takes an unflinching look inside a legal system that is more punishing to the victims of sexual assault than it is to the assailants. A scathing and true look at how the legal system can retraumatize victims. Highly recommended.”
Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

“Heartbreakingly timeless. Written with skill, humor, despair and hope.”
—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"Miller delivers this powerful legal drama based on her 2023 Olivier and Tony award–winning play... [an] engrossing, emotionally honest story addressing contemporary issues around sexual assault, privilege, and social justice."

"Miller’s narrative more than succeeds as an impassioned piece of advocacy that illuminates the tilted playing field facing sexual assault survivors."
Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced thriller full of fury and pain... absolutely intent, and absolutely clear on educating readers."
The Australian