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  • By Roberta McRae
    May 4, 2012
    What Graham Fricke’s memoir modestly and lucidly reveals is how by sheer hard work a person from a working class background can become a judge. Graham’s parents didn’t have the resources to send him to private schools nor to spend on books. His room was tacked on to the house and if he wanted any pocket money he had to earn it himself. However the local government schools Graham attended had good teachers. Graham borrowed every book he could from a local library and by the age of 12 (by suggesting he was a little older) used his bicycle to earn pocket money. He continued earning throughout his studies and of course paid his parents board as soon as he was able to. He excelled at school and was determined to win scholarships and did! When he faced the prospect of not earning enough to support his family as an articled clerk, Graham wrote a weekly column “You Be the Judge.” He explained the modified facts of a case and led the reader to decide what conclusion a judge may reach. I rather... More > wish such a column was still available to-day. He has lived life to the full. He loved his years as a County Court judge and is not in any way cynical about the ways of the world. I think parents will delight in this book because it will bolster their efforts to develop independent self-reliant children. I think legal practitioners will find Graham enlivens their legal careers and I think everyone who reads it will delight in how with good teachers, an open education system and public libraries a talented person can thrive.< Less
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Product Details

First edition
Strictly Literary
June 30, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.86 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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