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Talking To My Country : The Book That Every Australian Should Read - Stan Grant

Talking To My Country

The Book That Every Australian Should Read

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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?

About the Author

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, and the Seven Network and, since 2013, as the International Editor for SKY News. From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor in Hong Kong, before relocating to Beijing as correspondent. As a journalist, he has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards.

He is the author of a memoir, The Tears Of Strangers (HarperCollins, 2002), and in 2015, he won a Walkley award for his coverage of indigenous affairs. He is Managing Editor of National Indigenous Television, and Indigenous Affairs Editor at The Guardian.


Brilliant and moving


A raw and honest story which seamlessly blends our nation's history with the author's personal journey. Perhaps difficult for white Australians to read, but that's why it's so important.


Learnt a lot from this story


Learnt about Australian history



Call yourself an aussie? Then read this book


This should be mandatory reading for all Australians.

Canberra Australia


A powerful journey


A deeply personal reflection on an indigenous person's challenges and opportunities in Australia. Thoughtfully challenging and confronting.



A personal account on our country's flaws


A very honesty reflection of Stan the journalist and a hectic life. Explained his current measured and informed views of the world

Victoria, Australia


Read and Remember!


I have now bought 4 copies of this book as it is a passionate , truthful account of how Aboriginal Families lived just a short while ago. I intend to buy more and donate them to the local Aboriginal Medical Service and the Aboriginal Centre. As the cover says ... a book every Australian should read.

Mt Keira NSW


A story we all need to hear


A book which passionately tries to build bridges by creating understanding



A little dissapointing


I was keen to read this book after hearing Stan Grant promoting and discussing the content rather eloquently on the radio. However, I was disappointed and I found it rather boring because of the way it was written. Stan repeated himself often, and I really had to push myself to finish the book. The content is of course confronting, as with all books of this topic, but it wasn't to do with the content, all about the presentation.

Central Coast NSW


necessary reading for all Australians


This is a very well written book, and very informative. As an ex-teacher I think it should be prescribed reading for all higher secondary schools.

Pambula beach 2549


Must read


All Australians should read this book.

Talbingo, AU



4.5 25


'Grant will be an important voice in shaping this nation' - The Saturday Paper

'It is a story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box' - Sydney Morning Herald

'Grant is a natural storyteller ... at his best when recounting his experiences and observations of Indigenous Australian life with devastating simplicity and acuity. This highly readable book ... has the potential to spark empathy and generate important discussion, and deserves to be read widely.' - Bookseller + Publisher

'... an urgent and flowing narrative in a book that should be on the required reading list in every school' - The Australian

ISBN: 9781460751978
ISBN-10: 1460751973
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 22nd February 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.37