Life Actually: A Feast of 500 Word Memories - RICK SARRE
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ISBN 978-0-6452995-0-2 376pp H-233mm x W-154mm (2021)
He's been the ‘go to’ legal commentator on ABC local radio for two decades, and a regular contributor on legal matters for The Conversation and The Advertiser. Veteran federal parliamentarian Christopher Pyne once described him as his favourite electoral opponent. Now that he’s retired, Rick Sarre has written a series of personal reflections on education, politics, history, sport, religion, legal practice, academia, travel, and family life. Drawing upon 50 years of daily journal writing, in stories each of 500 words, Rick ponders his successes and failures, his joys and heartbreaks, and his likes and dislikes. He reveals his favourite acquaintances and the lessons that his life’s journey has offered him. His conclusion? That our existence on this planet is rich with meaning. While sometimes tinged with sadness, our lives are often punctuated with moments of exhilaration and peppered with random acts of kindness. These experiences are worth celebrating at every turn. In Rick’s own words, that’s life, actually.
This cleverly curated collection is no ordinary memoir. Slices of Rick’s life are spread with a rich mixture of wry humour, wisdom, joy and sentimentality. His recollections of travels, encounters with fame, curious characters and poignant moments are written in an entertaining and engaging style – with a delightful dollop of humility. – Bunty Parsons
Rick has taught and inspired a generation of lawyers in Adelaide. From his diaries, we now can see what inspired him! It’s a good read. – Franco Camatta
This collection is a delightful and eclectic weaving of reminiscence and personal reflection, bound together with Rick’s witty asides and great insights. His curiosity and compassion shine. Read it, you won’t regret it. – Linda Matthews
Like the best jewels sold by his grandfather, Rick Sarre’s stories sparkle and, like the best watches, reflect precision. Aided by his contemporaneous journals, this treasure trove of human insights is a joy. Binge them or savour them. Rick’s memories and stories bring chuckles at every turn. This memoir is definitely a keeper. Bravo! – Hugh McPharlin