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Talking To My Country

Talking To My Country 1

by Stan Grant

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 22/05/2017

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In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media.

His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australia and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. 'We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier', he wrote, 'We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation's prosperity.'

Stan Grant was lucky enough to find an escape route, making his way through education to become one of our leading journalists. He also spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia. This is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.

Talking to My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country -- what it is, and what it could be. It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all. He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better?

Winner of the 2016 Walkley Book Award and the 2016 National Trust Heritage Award, and shortlisted for the 2016 NIB Waverley Library Award and the 2016 Queensland Literary Award.

'Grant will be an important voice in shaping this nation' The Saturday paper

'It is a story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box' Sydney Morning Herald

'Grant is a natural storyteller at his best when recounting his experiences and observations of Indigenous Australian life with devastating simplicity and acuity. This highly readable book ... has the potential to spark empathy and generate important discussion, and deserves to be read widely.' Bookseller + Publisher

'...an urgent and flowing narrative in a book that should be on the required reading list in every school' The Australian

ISBN:
9781460751985
9781460751985
Category:
Cultural studies
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
22-05-2017
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
198x128mm
Stan Grant

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network and Sky News Australia.

From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor and senior correspondent in Asia and the Middle East. As a journalist, he has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards.

In 2015, he published his bestselling book Talking to My Country, which won the Walkley Book Award, and he also won a Walkley Award for his coverage of Indigenous affairs.

In 2016 he was appointed to the Referendum Council on Indigenous recognition. Stan is now Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University and International Affairs Analyst at ABC.

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  • A terrible shame on us all

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    The most moving book I have ever read.
    They call us the black arm band brigade, the derogatory term of people who are standing up for what is right, blank and white. This is the racism that we all know is there.
    A shameful history, a policy conundrum. Read Stan's book and be educated so that our children never shout these taunts, never engage in this dispicable behaviour - it's never just a joke.
    I stand with you.