Rumpole meets Almodovar in this fast moving portrait of London legal life.


Ophelia in Pieces is published by Short Books  


you can buy it in bookshops, on Amazon  on Kindle  and you can buy the audio book !

This link for U.S. sales


The Times  : 'This first novel is a sharp witty commentary on the male-dominated world of the law and juggling motherhood and a career.'

The Daily Mail   : 'A very well written, thoughtful and moving debut.'

The Lady : 'Barrister Clare Jacob's every detail rings true...But it's Ophelia herself who is at the heart of this involving, absorbing, sympathetic novel, and you'll be rooting for her on every page.'

Closer Magazine  : a 'riveting read.'

Oxford Today : 'entertaining and original.'

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Here is her piece in YOU magazine  

and an interview with Debbie Flint 

She was interviewed on Talk Radio Europe by Hannah Murray for the Book Show.

and on Radio Gorgeous  101.4 FM  by Josephine Pembroke. 

And here is an interview for City University's law blog



She has read at the Hay Literature Festival  

To launch the paperback, she read at Waterstones  and at the Dulwich Bookshop 

Other work

She has written the libretto for an opera, The Face , performed in Grays' Inn Hall, London WC1R . Music by Christopher Bowers Broadbent. Here's a 2 min video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-PU3sZ42es&feature=youtu.be


Clare Jacob was brought up in New York and London. She read English at Oxford and became a barrister because she loved John Donne. After years of defending clients accused variously of terrorism, hiding cocaine in coconuts, and stealing underpants she decided to capture the lunacy and mystery of it all in a novel. She is married with three children.