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Bitten By An Elephant : Memoir of a Maverick Lawyer - Gordon Lewis

Bitten By An Elephant

Memoir of a Maverick Lawyer


Published: 1st March 2017
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At the age of 65 Gordon Lewis was described by an enraged senior judge as a 'bloody maverick!' He took comfort from this assessment as he felt it confirmed that he was on the right track ... Gordon Lewis loves the humanity of the Law. That affection has led him to a legal career of great diversity. Whether as Director of the Victorian Law Institute, sitting as a County Court Judge, regular presentations on radio, guest speaker at both overseas and Australian conferences, or his role as Cricket Australia's Senior Code of Conduct Commissioner, his name has become almost as well known to the general public as it is to the legal profession. Known for his warmth, compassion and quick wit, he has devoted many years to assisting and advising young lawyers.

The textbook he originally co-authored with Justice Kyrou, Handy Hints on Legal Practice, was once described as the only legal textbook to ever make the readers laugh. Several years ago he decided to write 'a funny book about the law and his life so far'. This book is the result. Whether it is the law stripped of its pomposity, cricket, film reviewing, greyhounds or just coping with life's exigencies, the self-deprecatory humour in these pages gives a rare insight into the author's kindness and sense of fun.

You might also think that apart from writing 'a funny book', almost coincidentally the author has recorded a testament to overcoming personal adversity.


Crass Vulgarity and Legal In-Jokes


Crass Vulgarity and Legal In-Jokes - Well, you won't find much of that in retired judge Gordon Lewis's engaging and humorous romp through life, from a childhood accident (which gave rise to the title) through a series of progressive changes in his legal, quasi-legal and extra-legal career. I suspect that when he eventually drops off his perch they'll have to tape his mouth shut just in case. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and so did my wife, for whom I bought it, and who kept reading bits out to me. He also spilt the beans on a lot of things happening in judicial and governmental circles of which I was only dimly aware at the time. There is a tiny bit of vulgarity, and I didn't 'get' one or two of the jokes, but on the whole it was a very pleasurable read, enhanced by the fact of us living in South Geelong near the railway station where the old fart lived as a kid.

Geelong, Australia


I would certainly buy from here again.


Since I have got these books,I have trouble putting them down. I have never been a reader. Even at school I would read a few pages of each chapter then skip the rest, just enough to get an idea so Icould answer the questions. Not these books, I am reading every word. They are the books by Kitty Neale.

Geelong Australia.



4.5 2


ISBN: 9781925272567
ISBN-10: 1925272567
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2017
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5