New book by celebrated Aboriginal author Alexis Wright, author of Carpentaria and The Swan Book.
A collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia’s most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich.
Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tracker Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for Aboriginal self-determination, creating opportunities for land use and economic development in his many roles, including Director of the Central Land Council. He was a visionary and a projector of ideas, renowned for his irreverent humour and his anecdotes. His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, as well as with his family, friends, and colleagues, weaving his and their stories together into a book that is as much a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of a remarkable man.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The late Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth was a brilliant man with an outsized, complicated personality. Alexis Wright's Tracker wisely embraces and amplifies the indigenous advocate’s nuances. A colourful oral history of his life and career, it features perceptive insights and anecdotes from an array of interview subjects. These multiple voices bring to life the cultural and social context that shaped the man’s magnetic temperament and fierce belief system, not to mention his boisterous humour. Tilmouth's own vivid musings on identity, politics and his Aboriginal heritage serve as the book’s emotional anchor.