Memoirs and Reflections

by the Hon. R. Roy McMurtry, published with the University of Toronto Press. 2013. $45, student price $25.

Our Members Book for 2013 is Memoirs and Reflections, by Roy McMurtry. In addition to his most important accomplishment, the founding of the Osgoode Society, Roy McMurtry recounts and reflects on his years as a criminal defence lawyer, attorney-general of Ontario, High Commissioner to the UK, and Chief Justice of Ontario. Along the way we are given insights into the patriation of the Constitution, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the Dubin Inquiry, and many other events. This book is a great read, a modern legal history of Canada and Ontario, and a tale of a life well lived.

Reviews of Memoirs and Reflections

Memoirs and Reflections is a reader’s delight. It tells the story of a remarkable man who, despite his major achievements in politics and the law, remained humble and compassionate…. McMurtry’s style is strong, elegant and balanced to match a public and private life that cannot fail to fascinate and impress. Jane Ekstram, British Journal of Canadian Studies, vol 28, 2015
Memoirs and Reflections is a book and a half. It is both a chronicle of our times and a deeply personal account of Roy McMurtry's incredibly active and diverse life. I could not put it down.... Reading Memoirs and Reflections is not merely a pleasure, it is an exercise in admiration.  For a story of a man of compulsive decency, ... read this book and revel in the company of Roy McMurtry. Justice Nancy Backhouse, Advocates' Journal, Vol 32, 2014.
Retired Chief Justice Roy McMurtry has just written a fascinating autobiography .... McMurtry's successful careers in law, politics, diplomacy and as a judge are well known .... [T]his book provides a unique insight by McMurtry himself into the events that shaped his career.... Chief Justice Roy McMurtry has made an enormous contribution to legal and political life in Canada. In this fascinating book he shares personal details about his life and leadership on so many issues that we take for granted today. Greg Mulligan,  Superior Court Judges Newsletter, Fall 2013.
Reviews of Memoirs and Reflections have also appeared in the following places: Jon Silver, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, vol 51, 2014, pp. 731-733

Reviews have also appeared in the following publications:

  • Ryan Alford, Ontario History, Vol 108, 2016, pp. 255-257
  • Jon Silver, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, vol 51, 2014, pp. 731-733