New book by Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright, author of Carpentaria and The Swan Book – a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important period in the political life of Australia, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich

The legendary Indigenous activist ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up on a mission on Croker Island, he 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 colourful anecdotes. The memoir was composed by Wright from interviews with Tracker before he died, 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.

On Grog War: ‘a scrupulously observed account of the impact of alcohol on the indigenous population of Tennant Creek.’—London Review of Books

On Carpentaria: ‘a swelling, heaving tsunami of a novel: stinging, sinuous, salted with outrageous humour, sweetened by spiralling lyricism and swaggering with the confident promise of a tale dominated by risk, roguery and revelation’ – Michele Grossman, The Australian

On The Swan Book: ‘one of the most beautiful, furious and urgent novels to be published in this country in recent years’ – Geordie Williamson, The Australian


ISBN : 9781925336337
pp : 650

Available on backorder

1 November 2017

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. She is renowned as the author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, and of a previous work of non-fiction, Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory. Her books have been published widely overseas, including in China, the US, the UK, Italy, France and Poland. She is a Distinguished Fellow in Western Sydney University’s Writing and Society Research Centre.