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A collection of reminiscences that reaveal the private Michael Kirby. Speaking in his own voice, he opens up as never before in a beautifully written, reflective and generous memoir - one that Michael Kirby's many admirers have been waiting for.

Michael Kirby is one of Australia's most admired public figures. In times of spin and obfuscation, he speaks out passionately and
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published by Allen & Unwin (first published September 28th 2011)

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E.E. Montgomery
I'm only 30% in so far but this man can write. He's articulate, logical and amusing. The reader is told at the beginning what to expect from this book and he delivers exactly that. He doesn't hide anything (not obviously anyway) but he is circumspect: must be his legal background.

At 60% I have to remind myself I only have time for one chapter each night. Kirby's spare writing draws images that remind me of partially completed paintings. It makes me think and makes me wonder. It makes me angry at
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Mame
Sep 27, 2014 Mame rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LGBTIQ History Buffs, Law students, Social Activists
A brilliant glimpse into the fascinating life of former High Cout of Australia justice Michael Kirby away from the bench. As mentioned in the book, this is less of a biography than a collection of essays. Reading this book captures perfectly the fascinating and somewhat charmed life Justice Michael Kirby has lived, notwithstanding the oppression faced by the homosexual community in 50s, 60s and 70s. This book would be of interest not only to those interested in Justice Michael Kirby, but anyone ...more
Julie Swann


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, wanted it to keep going. A very intelligent, interesting, compassionate and brave man. I now want to read his other books.
Adam Rooijen
Such a class act and such a deftly written memoir - admire him even more now ! Must read !
Mark Platt
When I first studied law I knew only a little of Michael Kirby's reputation as a jurist. What I knew more of was his stature as a high-profile public figure and open gay man. Coming as it does after the publication of AJ Brown's biography, these personal notes on his private life is an easy read. He recounts the most seminal moments of his life, from a brief discussion of his childhood and schooling, to the pivotal moments of his upbringing such as his obsession with James Dean. The night he met ...more
Rhiannon
Read it in one day. It was eloquent and engaging. Highly recommended.
Sharron Shimbel
A wonderfully insightful memoir by an amazingly articulate and sincere man. One of THE great Australians of my generation. Not an autobiography as such, however, I finished the book feeling like I understood the man even better that I had before.
Zuzu Burford
An intimate book. I admit my bias to Michael Kirby as one of the great Australians of my generation.
Still, this is, as the title says, A private Life and we are allowed to enter Michael's world. I describe this as a gentle book. Well worth the read.
Nicola
As articulate and insightful as I expected. I would have liked a little more reflection on his career and personal development but either way a great read. This man is all class and an Australian to be proud of.
Marika Mcmahon
An amazing read from the most inspirational man. Felt like His Honour was just having a bit of a chat - and provoking such thought, great insight into his wonderful mind
Kerry
Having read Principles and Paradoxes this book added the personal view that a biog. can't possibly do. His fascination with James Dean was finally explained!
Beck
just a nice collection of stories from his life, some thoughtful and moving moments. clearly an extraordinary man
Gavin
A real eye opener , by a couragous man
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