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Murray Gleeson - The Smiler - Michael Pelly

Murray Gleeson - The Smiler

Hardcover Published: 15th May 2014
ISBN: 9781862879607
Number Of Pages: 296

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Cover photo: Andrew Quilty Courtroom tactician, devastating in reply, intimidating and intense. Murray Gleeson has been described as many things, but his grim work persona gave him the label that stuck – The Smiler. Born in a small country town in NSW, Gleeson became the nation’s top barrister and its leading judge. In a legal career spanning over 50 years, he had a ringside seat for political, legal and social events that shaped Australia – the final separation from Mother England, legalised abortion, the dismissal of the Whitlam government, the Tasmanian Dams Case, the Fine Cotton substitution, the scandalous attack on Justice Michael Kirby, the war on terrorism, prisoners’ right to vote and the detention of refugees. The Smiler draws on more than 100 interviews with the man himself and his family, friends and judicial colleagues, including those who sat with him on the High Court. It is an unprecedented insight into a legend of the Australian legal system. In the media…

The life of 'Smiler' Murray Gleeson, Michael Sexton, SMH_ 4 July 2014 Read article... The essence of good judgment, Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian_18 June 2014 Read article... Michael Pelly on 891 ABC Adelaide with Ian Henschke_16 June 2014 Listen to interview... Smiles and stares, Richard Ackland, The Saturday Paper_14 June 2014 Read article... Inside the Heffernan disaster, The Australian_6 June 2014 Read extract... Michael Pelly on 702 Drive with Richard Glover_2 June 2014 Listen to interview... Hughes appointment set an alarming precedent, Chris Merritt, The Australian_30 May 2014 Read article... The day Gaudron put Chief Justice in his place, The Australian_30 May 2014 Read extract... Book on Murray Gleeson sheds light on Fine Cotton comedy, Max Presnell, SMH_29 May 2014 Read article... Chris Merritt, Legal Editor for The Australian talks to author Michael Pelly Watch online... Gleeson subjected to formal interview, Chris Merritt, The Australian_23 May 2014 Read article... Gleeson appointment a ‘no brainer’, The Australian_23 May 2014 Read extract...

From the Launch... "Pelly recites many tales which are familiar to the legal profession. However, there is much in this book that is new. He has done Australian legal history a great service by interviewing family, friends and colleagues whose reminiscences may not otherwise have been recorded." Read Launch Speech... From the Launch Speech by The Hon James Spigelman AC, QC

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"Murray Gleeson: The Smiler provides us with a few glimpses, which is perhaps as many as we are likely to get. Michael Pelly gives a good account of Gleeson’s childhood and schooling; his early years as a practitioner; his period as a leading barrister and finally, his judicial career. … Michael Pelly’s biography was undertaken with the approval of his subject, which is fortunate since without it we may not have had this book at all. Although Gleeson did give extensive interviews, his greatest assistance was in allowing access to his family who provide most of the interesting insights. … Murray Gleeson: The Smiler is, to be sure, a most enjoyable biography, well-researched and engagingly written. To wish that Gleeson had opened up more to his biographer is to praise what Michael Pelly has managed to coax from his enigmatic subject and from those who know him." Read review... - Grant Bailey, University of Western Sydney Law Review, August 2016

Prologue 1. Early Life 2. Leaving Home 3. The Rise of Leo… and Murray 4. The University Years 5. Learning the Law 6. On the Job 7. A Partner for Life 8. Stress Takes Its Toll 9. No Looking Back 10. Faith and Fidelity 11. Ritual and Routine 12. From the Bottom of the Harbour 13. Breaking Away 14. A Party Man? 15. In the Limelight 16. In the Backroom 17. Get Gleeson 18. The Sexiest Man I Ever Met 19. An Extinct Argument 20. Blink and Miss 21. Follow the Leader 22. The Smiler 23. To the Bench 24. Street’s Red Hot Potato 25. Getting Down to Business 26. Sitting in Judgment 27. No Limit to Evil 28. Speaking his Mind 29. On High 30. A Helping Hand 31. The Home Front 32. Settling In 33. High and Mighty 34. The PR Guy 35. The Vibe 36. A Liberal in Disguise? 37. Murderers and Terrorists 38. Who’s Responsible? 39. A Court Scandalised 40. Still in the Game Index

ISBN: 9781862879607
ISBN-10: 1862879605
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 15th May 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.6

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