Michael Kirby Michael Kirby i(A7750 works by) (a.k.a. Michael Donald Kirby)
Born: Established: 1939 Croydon, Ashfield - Burwood area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, ;
Gender: Male
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Judge of the High Court of Australia. Michael Kirby retired from the High Court in 2009. Kirby, with South African John Dugard and the Indian Law Resource Center, received the 2010 Gruber Justice Prize.

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A Private Life : Fragments, Memories, Friends 2011 selected work autobiography

'Michael Kirby is one of Australia's most admired public figures. At a time 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 the most outrageous assaults on his character.

'This is a collection of reminiscences in which we can discover the private Michael Kirby. It allows the public figure 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, 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.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Newcomer of the Year
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Biography of the Year
2012 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
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