Both Sides of the Circle: The Autobiography of Christmas Humphreys


The author gives a graphic portrait of life behind the Bar and on the Bench. What it is like to prosecute and to defend, and of the immense difficulties which face a judge when passing sentence. Here too are recollections of many famous cases of the twentieth century, and of the many murder trials in which he appeared as prosecuting counsel or judge. Of equal interest is his fifty years of work in the field of English Buddhism. In 1924 he and his wife founded the Buddhist Society, which would become hugely influential in the spread of Buddhism throughout the West. Both Sides of the Circle is rich in humour and humanity. There is the joyful account of the author’s Edwardian Boyhood followed by the tragedy of his brother’s death in World War 1, which lead to the awakening of his interest in Buddhism and Theosophy. He speaks freely of his encounters with the Dalai Lama, with D.T. Suzuki, with Jung and with the Royal families of Thailand, Sikkim and Nepal, as well as his travels throughout the Europe and in the Orient.

Publisher: George Allen and Unwin

Date Published: 1978

Book Condition: Very good hardcover in a good+ dust jacket with protective plastic cover. Some minor marking to page edges, otherwise a clean, tight and unmarked copy internally

ISBN: 0049210238

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