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The riveting autobiography from Australia’s inimitable Geoffrey Robertson. Funny, personal, and bringing Robertson's fascinating and colourful career up to date following The Justice Game.

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 sixties 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.

Reviews

Geoff is one of the choice and master spirits of the age. Written with all the wit and style you'd expect, this is a delightful, absorbing memoir of a life well lived.

Mike Carlton

If Robin Hood, King Arthur, St George, Florence Nightingale and Oscar Wilde were compressed into one witty, brilliant and compassionate lawyer, they still wouldn't come close to approximating the heroic champion of our laws and liberties that is the great Geoffrey Robertson. What a life and how crackingly well told. When a heart-stoppingly unputdownable comedy thriller turns out to be a truthful account of a real life, you know you're on to a winner.

Stephen Fry

Before I read Geoffrey’s brilliant book, I thought a barrister was a guy who made expensive coffee. I’m much wiser now.

Billy Connolly

Be thankful that Geoffrey Robertson is ‘rather his own man’. Reliable Memoirs tells of legal battles for human rights won and lost in the courts of London, Sierra Leone and the Hague. Witty, clever and compassionate, Geoffrey tell his personal story in the pursuit of the holy grail of social justice and the rule of law.

Gillian Triggs

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780143784074

    February 26, 2018

    Knopf Australia

    400 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook

    9780143784098

    February 26, 2018

    Random House Australia

    400 pages

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Mullahs Without Mercy
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The Statute of Liberty
The Tyrannicide Brief
Crimes Against Humanity
The Justice Game

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