ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK
----- Stan Grant's Walkley Award
-winning TALKING TO MY COUNTRY
was lauded as something every Australian should read. He has done it again. This is a very readable, non-dogmatic mix of memoir with commentary around history and its interpretations, and his transparency and frankness is refreshing among the bombast and rancour that comes from many pundits. It continues his thoughtful examination of our identity and his words radiate warmth, hope, fear, anger. But he is not here preaching a sermon of certainties. His lines are a lyrical sifting of possibilities. This is for all Australians. Craig Kirchner
As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.
Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.
In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about reconciliation and the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and about what it means to be Australian. A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?
Praise for Talking to My Country:
'A story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box' The Australian
'Deeply disturbing, profoundly moving' Hobart Mercury
'Grant will be an important voice in shaping this nation' The Saturday Paper
Talking to My Country won the 2016 Walkley Book Award and the Special Award at the 2016 Heritage Awards, and was shortlisted in the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards, the Nib Waverley Library Awards and the 2017 ABIA Awards.