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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 one of ‘Ming’s kids’; the passion of student protest in the '60s and his early crusades for ‘Down Under-dogs’ before leaving on a Rhodes Scholarship to combat the British establishment, with the help of John Mortimer of ‘Rumpole’ fame. There are dramatic accounts of fighting for lives on death rows, freeing dissidents and taking on tyrants, armed only with a unique mind and a passion for justice - on display whenever he boomeranged back to Australia to conduct Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals.

His is an amazing life story of David and Goliath battles - riveting, laugh-out-loud tales filled with romance and danger, featuring a cast of characters ranging from General Pinochet to Pee-Wee Herman; from Malcolm Turnbull to Mike Tyson; from Nigella Lawson to Kathy Lette and Julian Assange. Throughout his exploits - recounted here with irreverent humour and dashes of true wisdom - Geoffrey Robertson has remained determinedly independent and his own man. He has also, in respect of human rights, changed the way we think.

©2018 Geoffrey Robertson (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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A true Australian legal legend

A Very interesting book about a fascinating and remarkable Australian legal giant and genius whose prolific work for more than 50 years speaks for itself. The only negative is that his voice has lost its youthful sound and it is sometimes difficult to hear what he is saying but the content is fascinating and enlightening and he reveals a beautiful soul full of compassion humanity wisdom and humour. He is a shining light in an otherwise boring dull selfish and arrogant profession.

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Wonderful tale

Excellent memoir of one of the most brilliant lawyers of our time. Personal and real. Fantastic narrative by the great man!

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An amazing account of an amazing man

What a fascinating, educational book! I'd never been sure of what exactly Mr Robertson did, but in this book he succinctly narrates his life and work in clear sometimes humorous chapters. I was never bored and his narration was clear and precise. Highly recommended.

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Fabulous

One of the best books I’ve listened to in a very long time. Would definitely recommend.

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Cracking story

Enjoyed the reminisceneing about a life lived well. The great range of timbre in the reading from booming to a gentle whisper is well suited to a court room but not so conducive to an Audible book with the need to adjust the volume throughout. Hearing the turning of the pages was a quaint touch.

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Too long and too self-important

Any fan of Geoffrey Robertson will find this interesting, if a little too slow and too long. He needed a more brutal editor. However as a autobiographical storytelling exercise, he has lived an interesting life with compelling experiences. He has one of the all-time great voices so I expected more of the narration, but it lacks some of his usual wit and evocative delivery. In the end he came across a little too pleased with himself. If better edited and delivered with more panache, it would have been much more enjoyable.

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An interesting story would be interesting if the reading of it was more interesting

The story is very interesting but Jefery Robertson's narration is very stultifying and instead of making this book interesting to read it has the efect of putting the listener into a kind of stuper. It's better not read out loud.

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rather boring and overly self indulgent

But some memoirs are exactly that. I've always admired Geoffrey. A shame he and Cathy broke up.

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Brilliant man, worst sound track ever

I am listening in stages as the recording is painful but I want to "read".

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