R. P. Meagher QC – art lover and lawyer
LIMITED EDITION HARDBACK
Limited Edition Hardback - $69.95, 500 pages
Release date - April 23rd, 2012 (order today)
With a foreword by the Hon. Justice J. D. Heydon AC and illustrations by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
will ever appreciate the whole truth about Rod Meagher. Although this
book is in a sense only one perception of it, it is an acute and rich
perception... Readers will be deeply grateful to Damien Freeman for his
labours and his reflections on the magnificence of that astonishing
- The Hon. Justice J. D. Heydon AC – High Court of Australia
Meagher’s legacy as barrister, scholar, wit, and aesthete is legendary.
When he retired from the NSW Court of Appeal, the Chief Justice, Jim
Spigelman, praised him as “the most widely loved judge of his time” and
“one of the intellectual giants of our legal history”.
biography is the first book-length study of R. P. Meagher QC. It
considers his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, the
University of Sydney, the Australian Bar, and the tradition of legal
scholarship to which he made a monumental contribution. In doing so,
Freeman tries to get inside the mind of the man, and offers an analysis
of Meagher’s attitude to feminism and political correctness, as well as
his place in Sydney’s bohemian and establishment circles. This
discussion is set within an account of his marriage to the painter,
Penny Meagher, and the central place of art in their life together: for
her as artist; for him as art collector.
Folly draws on interviews with a range of leading figures in
Australia’s legal, political, ecclesiastical, academic, and artistic
life, including Sir Laurence Street, Murray Gleeson, Jim Spigelman,
Cardinal Pell, Pierre Ryckmans, Dame Leonie Kramer, Marie Bashir, Edmund
Capon, Glenn Murcutt, David Handley, Michael Kirby, and John Howard.
Michael Kirby’s humorous sketches of the view from
the Bench were sketched by him in court and presented to Meagher when
the two judges sat together. These previously unpublished sketches are
reproduced for the first time in Roddy’s Folly, shedding light on the
lighter side of life on the Bench.
studied law, philosophy, and classical Hebrew and Aramaic at the
University of Sydney and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 2011, he
published Art’s Emotions: Ethics, Expression and Aesthetic Experience
(Acumen Publishing). He has also published in the Australian Bar
Review, Public Law Review, Constitutional Law and Policy Review, Harvard
Review of Philosophy, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Literature
and Aesthetics. He currently teaches ethics and aesthetics at Pembroke
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 17 November, 2011.