1937. Seven-year-old Maxie falls into a rain-filled trench and drowns. From this tragedy emerges one of the High Court’s most engrossing cases and a landmark decision on the impact and import of inner suffering. The judge was ‘Doc’ Evatt – quick-witted, humane, brusque but flawed, a man who could brilliantly seize the moment but, like the dead brilliant Maxie, arguably fell short of his potential. A story of politics, pride, love, and an Australia growing into its skin, The Brilliant Boy is a dexterously handled slice of history by one of our finest – Gideon Haigh.
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Gideon Haigh has contributed to more than one hundred newspapers and magazines, and published more than forty books. He has won Premier’s Literary Awards in three states, two Waverley Library Prizes and a Ned Kelly Award for True Crime.