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Amal Clooney Inspires a Dishy Legal Thriller

Amal Clooney Inspires a Dishy Legal Thriller

By Julie Miller

Amal Clooney really does have it all — the high-powered career; the doting, movie-star husband; the chic designer closet; the impressive friends; and now, according to a new article, a literary character based on her.

People reports that Australian-born author Kathy Lette penned her legal thriller, ingeniously titled "Courting Trouble," partly based on the gorgeous barrister.

"Sure," you might be thinking, "I could have written a book about Amal Clooney based on a bunch of tabloid photos and speculation." But Lette actually knows Mrs. Clooney.

You see, Lette's husband is Geoffrey Robertson, the founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers — where, coincidentally, Amal works as a lawyer. Lette, whom The Daily Telegraph has described as "game, gossipy, knows absolutely everyone," has periodically checked in with People over the past few months to give them some fluffy gossip about her A-list friends.

In the newest report from the magazine, Lette says that spending time with the newlyweds is like "watching a rom-com in front of you." Lette adds of Amal, "She's drop-dead gorgeous, your jaw hits the ground, but she's also very charming, funny, self-deprecating." Marriage to a movie star apparently has not changed her either: "She's as warm and down-to-earth as ever."

Last month, Lette dished with the weekly about a dinner date between the two couples. "[George Clooney] clears the table and stacks the dishwasher," the author told the magazine. "Forget the Kama Sutra, that's all you need to know, be domestic!"

She also said of Amal, "She's wonderful, she's the most intelligent, beautiful, kind, compassionate girl ... He's so lucky to have her — I'd marry her!"

Lette was so besotted with her friend that she tells the magazine she partially based the heroine of "Courting Trouble," Matilda "Tilly" Devine, on Amal, who is 37.

"It's about a woman in her 30s in the legal world trying to change the world and make it a better place," Lette says of the character. Other outlets have called Tilly, the alleged Amal surrogate, "a leggy chocoholic barrister," "straight A, strait-laced," and a "dyed-in-the-wool feminist." The character also delivers lines like, "If jumping to conclusions was an Olympic category, I would be a gold medalist."

If, somehow, you have not already ordered this book on Amazon based solely on Lette’s animated quotes and the Amal-inspiration factor, allow Amazon’s colorful plot summary to seal the deal:

Tilly has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon. She escapes to her mother, Roxy — a sassy solicitor whose outrageous take on men, work and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for their future — they'll set up an all-female law firm which will only champion women who have been cheated, put upon, attacked, ripped off or ruined by the men in their lives.

In court, Tilly finds herself up against Jack Cassidy, the smooth-talking, politically incorrect, legal love god who broke her heart at law school. Jack is fluent in three languages – English, sarcasm and flirtation… but if he’s so loathsome, then why is she committing Acute Lust in the 3rd degree?

If this novel is ever adapted for the screen, how spot-on would George Clooney be to play "legal love god" Jack Cassidy? And what a perfect way to close this stranger-than-fiction circle of celebrity, high-powered lawyers, and the Australian-born author who loves them.

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