Talking to My Country

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Scribe Publications, Aug 27, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages

As an Aboriginal Australian, Stan Grant has had to contend with his country's racist legacy all his life. Born into adversity, he found an escape route through education and the writing of James Baldwin, going on to become one of Australia's leading journalists.

As a correspondent for CNN, he travelled the world, covering conflicts everywhere, from Baghdad to North Korea. Struck by how the human spirit can endure in the face of repression, he found the experiences of individuals he met spoke to him of the undying call of family and homeland. In the stories of other dispossessed peoples, he saw that of his own.

In Talking To My Country, Grant responds to the ongoing racism that he sees around him. He writes with passion and striking candor of the anger, shame, and hardship of being an indigenous man. In frank, mesmerizing prose, Grant argues that the effects of colonialism and oppression are everyday realities that still shape our world.

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If there is one issue in which our group finds complete agreement it would have to be the matter of racism. Over the years we have read many novels with this as either an underlying or central theme ... Read full review

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A brilliant book by well known TV journalist, Stan Grant.The story of his upbringing as the child of mixed race parents in a country town, is told against the background of his story of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Stan Grant is an award-winning journalist. He is currently the international editor at Sky News Australia, and the indigenous affairs editor for Guardian Australia. From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor in Hong Kong, before relocating to Beijing as correspondent, from which he covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. He is of Aboriginal ancestry, from the Wiradjuri people.

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