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  • Norris has added immeasurably to our public life. … Norris's memoir is excellent … He gives us a complete picture, in a fluent and highly readable account. … raises important questions, such as the power of the media … The good senator is redeemed by his bravery and wit.

    Eamonn Delaney, Irish Independent
  • Norris emerges in these pages as a figure who feels a passionate engagement with the world and is in possession of great moral seriousness. He is also very funny. … A Kick Against the Pricks is more than the account of an interesting life well lived. … He wishes to speak up for the idea of a life led by conscience, a life that made a difference to the world. … His autobiography is …a way of suggesting and evoking what a lone voice can do by remaining fearless and dutiful, by speaking up again and again, by learning to fail better, by losing neither a sense of humour nor a sense of purpose nor the skill, displayed with relish in this book, of taking real pleasure from life.

    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times
  • Much like the man himself, it’s a witty, erudite, entertaining and provocative read.

    Olaf Tyransen, Hot Press

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