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On Thomas Keneally

Writers on Writers

Stan Grant

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A thoughtful, nuanced look at Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by award-winning journalist Stan Grant, which considers race, representation and Australian history.

Stan Grant is drawn to Thomas Keneally 'for many reasons- we share an Irish heritage and a complicated relationship with religion. I am especially interested in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, which was a formative novel for me. My family shares a connection with the real Jimmy Governor as well. The book raises questions about non-Indigenous writers tackling Indigenous issues and characters.' In this eloquent, clear-eyed essay, acclaimed journalist Stan Grant sheds light on one of Australia's most controversial yet enduringly relevant novels.

In the Writers on Writers series, leading authors reflect on an Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative and crisp, these books start a fresh conversation between past and present, shed new light on the craft of writing, and introduce some intriguing and talented authors and their work.

Published by Black Inc. in association with the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.
By:   Stan Grant
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 187mm,  Width: 121mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   198g
ISBN:   9781760642327
ISBN 10:   1760642320
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   04 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stan Grant is the ABC's international affairs analyst, and vice-chancellor's chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University. He won the 2015 Walkley Award for coverage of Indigenous affairs and is the author of The Australian Dream, Australia Day, The Tears of Strangers and Talking to My Country.

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