Alexandra Long worked as a solicitor before concentrating on her career as a writer. I Took My Harp to a Party is a collection of 10 short stories. Only the first story, "The Doctor Daddy" has a legal theme, but it is not of the usual lawyer, client and trial variety. This story is about a clerk obstructing a young solicitor, Timothy Masterton, who is endeavouring to file a series of defamation documents in the Supreme Court Registry in Sydney. The Registry is a typical bureaucracy with inflexible rules and a hierarchy of decision-making.
Recommended CitationHandley, R., Playing the system, Law Text Culture, 1, 1994, 162.