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Talking To My Country by [Grant, Stan]
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An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity.

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 Australian 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?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 March 2016)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018PXCCM2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Jim KABLE TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 March 2016
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This is a moving wake-up call to Australia to value, respect and truly recognise the centrality of Indigenous Australians to this nation - and I would the least we could do is to offer sovereignty and proper compensation for all the wrongs done to the people Stan Grant identifies as his. And he is telling this story in the spirit of reconciliation - which is all the more amazing when one reads his family history and the story of his own life - told to leave school when only 15 - and this in the latter 1970s - though echoing other similar stories of former so-called executive level teachers to Indigenous friends. This book has a semi-fictional "novel" Legacy (2009) - by Larissa BEHRENDT - as a kind of companion piece - and it is intriguing that both writers have taken significant steps outside of Australia in order to see the more clearly their lives and identities in this place. Bravo, Stan.
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This book has changed me I will not sing the national anthem again without remembering Stan's words about his/my/our country. All Australians should read this book
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Very enlightening. Reinforced what I was aware of regarding many issues but opened my eyes to others. A sensitive lovely man. Great read
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It would be a real pity if this book does not become a prescribe in the Australian schooling environment. It opens your eyes!
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I find it odd how so many Australians (and others) connect to stories of racism, slavery and segragation from the USA, South Africa and across the world, yet overlook the plight of our own Indigenous population. It's as though our own bloodied history doesn't exist - that somehow we are are more knowledgeable of what happened in the streets of Mississippi rather than our own cities and country towns.

Stan Grant's excellent book is in many ways an updated version of his previous autobiography, "The Tears of Strangers" - both important and necessary books that should be required reading for all Australians.
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If you heard Stan's recent speech and the program with Julia Zemiro you must read more of his personal history too.
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A confronting but enlightening read. Thank you to Stan Grant for opening up and sharing your story with us. As you write, your story is ours too. This book should be on the curriculum for all states and territories - all young people should know this as part of their story too.
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A book that needed to be written. Stan Grant has explained and exposed the racism in Australia towards our indigenous citizens. A brilliant mind and hopefully Stan will one day enter politics for the moral development of our shared country.
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