Talking To My Country
An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity.
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. H...more
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What happened in this country needs to be recognised and discussed and not swept under the rug. In 1788, British people invaded a land they already knew was inhabited and massacred thousands of people. Years later, they stole Indigen ...more
Talking to My Country is a beautifully, exquisitely written book. Part memoir, part missive, Stan Grant writes openly and passionately about what it was like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia. What it is like to feel you are different. What it is like to feel you do not belong. What it is like to feel you don't have a country.
In this book, Stan Grant writes about the history of his people and about the settling of Australia by the British. Indigenous peoples were forced off their land, brutall ...more
Writing with passion and purpose, Stan is simply showing us the challenges he faced growing up identified as indigenous. He admits through the hard work of his parents and a few circumstances of timing he was able to tread a path to success that was away f ...more
Obviously, reading this book, I have a vastly di ...more
This book is ridiculously powerful. Grant takes key moments from his life and uses them as jumping off points to discuss topics like Indigenous history, the treatment of Indigenous people by both Australia's white population and the Federal Government, Indigenous mental health, and racism in twenty first century Australia.
It's a heartbreaking book. It's beautifully written. I feel like I highlighted about half the book. I cried about ten times. Every Australian should read this book. H ...more
Whilst Grant covers what the statistics tell us, first and foremost this is a book t ...more
Such an important book for any Australian to read (or really for anyone wishing to know more about growing up Aboriginal in Australia and the ongoing impact of racism and its history in our country). Stan Grant writes with passion, vividly describing his youth, family history and then experiences as a journalist. He writes about the connection to the land and his ancestors, as well as the atrocities committed against them. He writes about poor government poli ...more
Part autobiography, part memoir and part history Stan Grant with his stunning prose talks to his country as a means of self-reflection. We as readers are lucky enough to be able to read this self-reflection and take part in it, as we too turn to look at Australia in a new light.
- His writing style is mesmerizing and makes the work both thought provoking and engaging.
- He paints Indigenous culture for what it is- both sacred and beaut ...more
Talking to My Country is part memoir of his family, part plea to understand what his people have been ...more
Firstly, this is a powerfully, carefu ...more
I went through school in the forgotten history generation. I was in year 5 during the bicentenary and we all dressed up as white settlers and convicts. The version of history we were taught was one of peaceful “settlement” and I can’t even remember if aboriginal perspectives were included at all.
It wasn’t until I did my teaching masters that I learned the true story of colonization. I wrote essays on the frontier wars, the stolen generations, the high rates of indigenous incarc ...more
It’s well-named. It’s straight talking to Australians, about what it means to be Aboriginal in this country. It’s Stan Grant’s personal and family history, placed in the context of Australia’s national and social history.
And because Stan Grant has ‘made it’ in mainstream Australian society and on the international stage, it will have resonance with people who might otherwis ...more
Stan Grant is a truly inspirational person. He endured a tough childhood where he constantly battled with his identity and moving around. His parents were hard-working and loving, but struggled. Grant shares the journey he took to become a world renowned journalist, along with the highs and lows of an extremely demanding job.
I found it easy to connect with this text. It's incredibly emot ...more
This is the question journalist Stan Grant wrestles with in a radio interview upon his return to Australia after a decade working overseas. It’s the same question he wrestles with in Talking to My Country, a heartfelt and deeply personal memoir about what it is to be an Aboriginal growing up in Australia.
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But after reading 'The tears of strangers' I found this one super repetitive. I'm not sure why Grant needed to write two books. Perhaps a re-release of 'Tears of strangers' with a prologue and epilogue might have been more effective?
But ign ...more
Not today. Because Talking To My Country is too serious for fucking about.
There's a certain type of shock-jock that would suggest this book (and others focusing on Australia's thorny, sometimes hopeless-seeming struggle to make sense of our national identity) be written off as black armband history. That it's something designed to make people feel guilty for being white, for crimes comm ...more
A valuable and very personal memoir-cum-meditation on indigenous identity and racism in Australia, providing a useful 'catch up' on recent developments, including the Adam Goodes story. Stylistically it's very autobiographical. Really rather dignified and sober.
I've been reading about Australia and its racial 'baggage', on and off, for years - and it never seems to go away. One moment there's cause for optimism (Keating's speech, apologies, etc); the next a footballer's being booed wherever he ...more