Australian of the Year, environmental crusader, solo circumnavigator of the earth, well-known larrikin and genuine Aussie hero: Ian Kiernan is all these things and more.
Life has not always been smooth sailing for Ian - currently one of the most popular and respected people in the country. From his beginnings in Sydney in the 1940s to the loss of a fortune that was made as a builder/developer in the 1970s; from clawing his way back to become one of Australia's most intrepid solo yachtsmen to the realisation of his dream - "Clean Up Australia" - his life has been as varied and enthralling as it has, at times, been painful.
This is a classic Australian story, told by a man who, to use his own vernacular, "does give a stuff", about his fellow man, about his environment, and about the world in general. Written in a way that captures all of Ian's verve, this biography is a grand tribute to a truly great Australian.