From a Paris Review interview with Sybille Bedford:

Then you wrote another book on law: The Faces of Justice. When did you become interested in law?

When I was twelve and lived in London with a family who let me do pretty well as I wished, I used to go to the law courts in the Strand instead of going to films or matinees. For awhile I toyed with the idea of becoming a barrister. I didn’t have the education, and anyway women at the time were considered to have the wrong voice for it. However, going to law courts is a good education for a novelist. It provides you with the most extravagant material, and it teaches the near impossibility of reaching the truth.”