A PRIVATE LIFE : Fragments, Memories, Friends

Kirby, Michael

ISBN 10: 1742376207 / ISBN 13: 9781742376202
Published by Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia, 2011
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xiv, + 200pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, white title there-on. Plain maroon boards undamaged. Leaves clean, very slightly tanned. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased only. From the jacket flap: "Michael Kirby is one of Australia's most admired public figures . . . This is a collection of reminiscences in which we can discover the private Michael Kirby. It allows the public figure to speak in his own voice, without any intermediary. He opens up as never before about his early life, about being gay, about his forty-two year relationship with Johan van Vloten, about his religious beliefs and even about his youthful infatuation with James Dean . . . When he retired from the High Court of Australia in 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia's longest serving judge." Book weight approx. 350g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 011135

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Title: A PRIVATE LIFE : Fragments, Memories, ...

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover and Dustjacket

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Edition: First Edition, First Impression.

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A collection of reminiscences that reveal 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 straightforwardly on the issues that are important to him. Even those who disagree with him have been moved by the courage required of him to come out as a high-profile gay man, which at times has caused him to be subjected to outrageous assaults on his character. This is a collection of reminiscences in which we discover the private Michael Kirby speaking in his own voice. He opens up as never before about his early life, about being gay, about his forty-two year relationship with Johan van Vloten, about his religious beliefs and even about his youthful infatuation with James Dean, which sent him on a sentimental journey to Dean's home town in the year 2000, an adventure he here wryly recalls. Beautifully written, reflective and generous, in that warm and gently self-deprecating voice that is so characteristic of him, this is a memoir that Michael Kirby's many admirers have been waiting for.

About the Author:

Michael Kirby, a former High Court judge, has been a lifelong campaigner for human rights and equality under law. He has been berated as a judicial activist by conservatives and praised as one of Australia's leading intellectual by just about everyone else. He is truly a great Australian.

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