Top positive review
4 March 2016
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.