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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.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143784081

    January 8, 2019

    Vintage Australia

    400 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Hardback

    9780143784074

    February 26, 2018

    Knopf Australia

    400 pages

    RRP $45.00

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Audio Download

    9780143792369

    March 1, 2018

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143784098

    February 26, 2018

    Random House Australia

    400 pages

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Peeling Back the Layers

Some delightful details of the multifaceted life of Geoffrey Robertson.

Also by Geoffrey Robertson

An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?
Dreaming Too Loud
Mullahs Without Mercy
The Case Of The Pope
The Statute of Liberty
The Tyrannicide Brief
Crimes Against Humanity
The Justice Game

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