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The Queen is Dead

Stan Grant

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Fourth Estate
01 May 2024
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The latest critically acclaimed bestseller from Stan Grant, leading journalist and author of Talking to My Country and Australia Day, The Queen is Dead is an extraordinary and powerful call to action.

Shortlisted for the 2024 ABIA Social Impact Book of the Year Award

Longlisted for the 2023 Australian Political Book of the Year, the 2024 Indie Book Awards and the 2024 BookPeople Non-Fiction Book of the Year

'History is not weighted on the scales, it is felt in our bones. It is worn on our skin. It is scarred in memory.'

The Queen reigned for seventy years. She came to the throne at the height of Empire and died with the world at a tipping point. What comes next after the death of what Stan Grant calls 'the last white Queen'?

From one of our most respected and award-winning journalists, Stan Grant, The Queen is Dead is a searing, viscerally powerful, emotionally unstoppable, pull-no-punches book on the bitter legacy of colonialism for indigenous people. Taking us on a journey through the world's fault lines, from the war in Ukraine, the rise of China, the identity wars, the resurgence of white supremacy, and the demand that Black Lives Matter, The Queen is Dead is a full-throated, impassioned argument on the necessity for an end to monarchy in Australia, the need for a Republic, and what needs to be done - through the Voice to Parliament and beyond - to address and redress the pain and sorrow and humiliations of the past.

Momentous and timely, The Queen is Dead carries an urgent, undeniable and righteous demand for justice, for a reckoning, and a just settlement with First Nations people.

'Poetic and moving ... a searing anger that demands empathy ... In the year of the Voice, his struggle speaks to all of us.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Visceral, powerful and emotional' The Australian

'Powerful and raw ... For many of us, this book will be uncomfortable reading, because we have been participants in, and beneficiaries of, the dispossession and alienation of this country's First Nations peoples. I hope we will see that in writing this book, Grant has done us all a great service.' Readings

'The most profound and interesting book I have read in a long time. It will be regarded as a seminal work on the path of Australians coming to terms with their history.' The Newtown Review of Books

'What an intriguing book this is: distinctive in both content and style ... It will both inspire and anger its readers. Few will be indifferent to its full-voiced passion and unchained introspection.' Inside Story

Imprint:   Fourth Estate
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   233g
ISBN:   9781460764039
ISBN 10:   146076403X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stan has been a professor of Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University and in August 2023 was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Constructive Institute Asia Pacific in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, dedicated to working with media organisations, citizens and advocacy groups, faith-based organisations, thought leaders and political figures to improve the quality of public discourse.

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