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Rather His Own Man

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In this witty, engrossing and sometimes poignant memoir, a sequel to his best-selling The Justice Game, Australia's inimitable Geoffrey Robertson charts his progress from pimply state schoolboy to top Old Bailey barrister and thence onwards and upwards to a leading role in the struggle for human rights throughout the world.

He wryly observes the absurdities of growing up as
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by Random House Australia
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Matthew Hickey
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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Geoffrey Robertson QC is a figure who loomed large in my consciousness, when I was a schoolboy in the 80s and early 90s.

His “Hypotheticals” captured my interest and led friends and family to suggest to me that I, too, should become a barrister one day (as I have now done).

For that reason, I have read most of his published books. This one, like others, left me marvelling at his intellect. If only it was matched by his brevity - sometimes he does rather go on a bit.

His shameless name dropping i
Anna Baillie-Karas
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Geoffrey Robertson has accomplished much in a legal career advancing free press & human rights. His memoir is wonderfully engaging. You may not always agree with him but he’s intelligent & thought-provoking, can laugh at himself & writes lovingly about his family. His active, curious mind & sense of compassion & humanity run through the book. And fabulous name-dropping: it’s like hearing all the best dinner party stories (plus some law 😉).
Rod Hunt
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always a pleasure to read Geoffrey Robertson’s prose- caustic at times, inspiring at others. Thought provoking - a well shaped autobiography.
Annie Booker
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really like Geoffrey Robertson but the book dragged for me. It wasn't as good as I'd thought it would be. ...more
Jodaly Daly
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enlightening and entertaining insight into Geoffrey Robertson's secular credo to fight for our society's struggle to be humane, and how he is undoubtedly winning on our behalf to convince the world that there is global responsibility to look after humanity. It provides reassuringly significant evidence that one person can be an effective champion for this cause, in the face of powerful individuals and institutions trying to maintain if not expand their dehumanising power. And it provides hope ...more
Janice Forbes
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, particularly the mentions early on of familiar names from my teen years. I did not know Geoff well and am hoping I wasn't the beautiful BUT forward girl at the June Winter classes. l do recall an awful experience of dancing with a boy who kept stomping on my toes, no matter how hard I tried to keep them away. I do not recall whether it was Geoff but it may have been. We attended the same classes. It was so shameful an experience that I've blotted it out. What most bl ...more
Carmel Audsley
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
As you read this book you can hear Robertson’s BBC newsreader-inspired voice as he recounts his heritage, childhood and his life as a prominent barrister. He is well-known for his appearances on television in shows such as Hypotheticals, but it is his work in English and international courts, and his fights for social justice, that will be his legacy. He confesses a passion for theatre and opera, as well as music from Dylan and Springsteen and Broadway musicals from the fifties. It was interesti ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of a brilliant Australian Sydney University graduate who has achieved fame, success and recognition, but predominantly out of London. Geoffrey Robertson is clever, egotistical and when he doesn't know, brushes over the facts. However, there is no denying his consistent achievements in the legal world over many years. He does dwell on what he considers to be his poor background, although it does seem middle-class to me, but I assume it was something that arose repeatedly ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only way I can think to describe Geoffrey's writing is unashamedly flamboyant. Lucky for me that is a style I appreciate wholeheartedly. Robertson is an author with a unique and clever perspective on a wide range of topics backed by a lifetime of worldly experience. He never delves too deeply into arguments around human rights - he has other books for that - but it clearly punctuates every sentence and has been possibly the largest influence of his life to date. His experience is one to be a ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Robertson’s account of his life is beautifully written. His consistent commitment to free speech and human rights is not only inspiring but a reminder of how human rights can help anchor social justice. Beyond the professional account, this is also a personal account in the defence of ideals to shape a better society.
Barbara Phi
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the blurb does not exaggerate, it's insightful and the writer an excellent and highly principled raconteur. He's also one f the most elegant and prolific name droppers you'd ever encounter but then he does meet a lot of interesting people. The book is well titled. Do read it, he's one of those people whose actions writing and thinking can change lives. ...more
Michel Dignand
Clever? Very.
Up himself? Obviously.
Successful? Very much indeed.
Irritating? Immensely.
Name dropper? Never stops.
Boring? Well, he does go on, rather.
Is he going to save Australian journalists from a fate roughly equivalent to death? I somehow doubt it, unfortunately.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incisive and informative

This well-written autobiography spans a distinguished and varied career. Full of legal information but accessible written with a good deal of background information this is highly recommended.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very amusing recollection of Australia and the World from a legal perspective
Hunter Smith
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in how global politics and economics truly work, this is a great read. Geoffrey Robertson QC - world human rights' expert - is right on the mark every time. His intellect, detail and botheration to get to the truth through freedom of speech and critical thinking is spell-binding. The book is so funny in parts, and made me laugh many times.
He took on the legal profession itself while also fronting up to a few lazy peers with way too much power, for the sake of public interes
Amy Heap
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Geoffrey Robertson is clearly a fascinating, and very clever man. I enjoyed the details of his grandparents, parents, and his early life, but wasn't totally enthralled by all the law cases, impressive though they are. It is full of details of dealings with famous people, plenty about law cases, and a bit light on relationships - parenthood is almost dealt with in a paragraph, for example. His is an amazing life, worth a read, even if some parts are skimmed. ...more
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Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC (born 30 September 1946) is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship.

Robertson is a founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple, a recorder, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London.

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