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A Kick Against The Pricks

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Beschreibung

David Norris is one of Ireland's most popular, colourful and charismatic public figures. Not a man to shy away from controversy, he has spent most of his adult life challenging the establishment, whether as a leading campaigner for gay rights, a passionate conservationist, an unconventional academic and Joycean scholar, a brilliant raconteur, or, since 1987, a fiercely independent Senator and outspoken defender of human rights.Born in the Belgian Congo to an English father, who died when he was six years old, and an Irish mother, who died when he was twenty-one, David has been a Dubliner all his life, and the city of Ulysses remains one of his great passions. He spear-headed the revival of Georgian Dublin, particularly through his campaign to save North Great George's Street, where he has lived for the last thirty-five years.But it is David Norris's campaign to decriminalize homosexuality that will stand as his major legacy. Over a long sixteen years, he fought a difficult battle to overturn the Victorian law, finally winning a historic victory in the European Court of Human Rights in 1988.David's decision to run for President of Ireland in 2011 was not lightly taken, but it proved to be the most bruising period of his life. His popularity and the public affection in which he is held saw him quickly established as the front-runner. However, a sustained and hostile media campaign forced him out of the race, although he re-entered it in the autumn, the momentum had been lost. In these pages, David Norris reveals for the first time the full, no-holds-barred story of his presidential campaign, and of how he recovered from the turmoil.A Kick Against the Pricks is a brilliant, deeply revealing autobiography, a remarkable journey from the margins to the centre of Irish society.

Vorwort
The revealing and colourful autobiography of one of Ireland's most controversial public figures.

Autorentext
Senator David Norris has been an Independent member of Seanad Éireann since 1987. He won a historic constitutional challenge in 1988 to the laws criminalizing homosexuality in Ireland. Senator Norris was a candidate in the 2011 Irish presidential election. He is a former lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, a Joycean scholar, a conservationist and a passionate defender of human rights.

Klappentext

'Norris's memoir is excellent a fluent and highly readable account.' Irish Independent

David Norris is one of Ireland's most popular, colourful and charismatic public figures. A leading advocate of gay rights, a passionate conservationist, an unconventional academic and Joycean scholar, a fiercely independent Senator and outspoken defender of human rights, he has always challenged the establishment.
David's campaign to decriminalize homosexuality stands as his major legacy. Over a long sixteen years, he fought a courageous battle to overturn the Victorian law, finally winning a historic victory in 1988.
In 2011, David ran for President of Ireland and was an early front-runner. However, it proved to be a controversial and bruising campaign. Here, David Norris reveals the full story of the presidential race, and of how he recovered from the turmoil.
A Kick Against the Pricks is a brilliant, deeply revealing autobiography, a remarkable journey from the margins to the centre of Irish society.

'Norris emerges in these pages as a figure who feels a passionate engagement with the world and is in possession of great moral seriousness. A Kick Against the Pricks is more than the account of an interesting life well lived.' Colm Toibin, Irish Times

'A witty, erudite, entertaining and provocative read.' Hot Press



Zusammenfassung

David Norris is one of Ireland's most popular, colourful and charismatic public figures. Not a man to shy away from controversy, he has spent most of his adult life challenging the establishment, whether as a leading campaigner for gay rights, a passionate conservationist, an unconventional academic and Joycean scholar, a brilliant raconteur, or, since 1987, a fiercely independent Senator and outspoken defender of human rights.

Born in the Belgian Congo to an English father, who died when he was six years old, and an Irish mother, who died when he was twenty-one, David has been a Dubliner all his life, and the city of Ulysses remains one of his great passions. He spear-headed the revival of Georgian Dublin, particularly through his campaign to save North Great George's Street, where he has lived for the last thirty-five years.

But it is David Norris's campaign to decriminalize homosexuality that will stand as his major legacy. Over a long sixteen years, he fought a difficult battle to overturn the Victorian law, finally winning a historic victory in the European Court of Human Rights in 1988.

David's decision to run for President of Ireland in 2011 was not lightly taken, but it proved to be the most bruising period of his life. His popularity and the public affection in which he is held saw him quickly established as the front-runner. However, a sustained and hostile media campaign forced him out of the race; although he re-entered it in the autumn, the momentum had been lost. In these pages, David Norris reveals for the first time the full, no-holds-barred story of his presidential campaign, and of how he recovered from the turmoil.

A Kick Against the Pricks is a brilliant, deeply revealing autobiography, a remarkable journey from the margins to the centre of Irish society.

Produktinformationen

Titel: A Kick Against The Pricks
Untertitel: The Autobiography
Autor:
EAN: 9781448110612
ISBN: 978-1-4481-1061-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Transworld Publishers
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 416
Veröffentlichung: 11.10.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.4 MB