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  • By: Stan Grant
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Publisher's Summary

"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, best-selling 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?

©2019 Stan Grant (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Australia Day is a disturbing book, but it is incredibly even-handed, as any decent argument should be. Here is a chance to reflect, maybe even to formulate. We still have that chance to consider our nation without the bluster of bullies." (Bruce Pascoe, ABR)

"This is wise, compassionate, and generous truth-telling from Stan, and this book is essential reading for all Australians looking for the right questions to ask in the search for a middle ground." (The Booktopian)

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Boring

Super repetitive. Same ideas with the same examples revisited over and over again. Could’ve been condensed to 2-3 hours.

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so important

every single Australian should read and listen to this. Tell the truth. it will set us free.

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The eminent Australian thinker

Stan Grant represents best of what Australia can be. His writing in this book is not overly complex, but the messaging and symbolism shrine through and are combined with endless references to a wide range of thinkers past and present that have informed his multifaceted and deep worldview.

Read this book and you will be better for it.

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Clear, Eloquent and Truth

Words beautifully written and spoken, each word speaks more truth and creates possibility for Australia.

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Seriously compelling

Stan Grant offers to the reader a cohesive and enlightening articulation of personal and national identity. My thanks go to the author for sharing so liberally his thoughts, experiences and reflections, as they have undoubtedly assisted me in forming my own identity.

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A deeply experienced Australia Day

As always Stan Grant does not disappoint. His intelligent well researched and intensely emotional account of what it means to him to be Australian. It has moved me immensely and taught me many lessons about the past, the present and the future of this country I have called home since 1974. He expresses both sides of the debate so we’ll and accurately and sensitively that his message should be heard right through our mixed population. It is ever unifying.

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Amazing...

One of the best books I have listened to. Will be buying the print version to note key passages. Very well structured, thoughtful and read.

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Powerful, and empowering.

this personal exploration of what it means to be Australian provides real substance to assist others in their own journey.

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educational eye opener

A very insightful read into the journey of Indigenous Australians. Philosophical and entertaining. Stan Grant speaks so well and is beautifully eloquent.

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A good read and insightful , well worth spending the time to listen to and appreciate his view and support of his indigenous roots

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