'As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away.'
Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.
In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about our country, about who we are as a nation, about the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and what it means to be Australian. A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?
Praise for Talking to My Country:
'A story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box' The Australian
'Deeply disturbing, profoundly moving' Hobart Mercury
'Grant will be an important voice in shaping this nation' The Saturday Paper
Talking to My Country won the 2016 Walkley Book Award and the Special Award at the 2016 Heritage Awards, and was shortlisted in the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards, the Nib Waverley Library Awards and the 2017 ABIA Awards.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Australia Day is a blistering rumination on race, identity and what it means to be Australian. The follow-up to Stan Grant’s award-winning 2016 memoir, Talking to My Country, this essay collection sees the veteran journalist and broadcaster focus squarely on the controversy surrounding Australia Day. Throughout, Grant grapples with his own Indigenous and Irish heritage, reflects on Australia’s history and looks toward real reconciliation. With honesty and nuance, Grant weaves the words of writers, scholars and world-leaders into his own. These stories are told beautifully, with eloquent, poetic prose that remains moving and evocative throughout.