The gospel of Stan Grant

Questions of history and identity
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June 2021, no. 432

On Thomas Keneally: Writers on Writers by Stan Grant

Black Inc., $17.99 hb, 90 pp

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With the Falling of the Dusk

by Stan Grant

HarperCollins, $34.99 pb, 320 pp

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The gospel of Stan Grant

Questions of history and identity
by
June 2021, no. 432
A composite image of Stan Grant (photograph via Black Inc.)
A composite image of Stan Grant (photograph via Black Inc.)

希望本是无所谓有,无所谓无的。这正如地上的路;其实地上本没有路,走的人多了,也便成了路。
Hope is an intangible thing. It cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is like a path. Originally, there is none - but as many people come and go, a path appears.
Lu Xun, ‘My Old Home’

We both unsettled when the boats came.
Briggs, ‘The Children Came Back’

Let’s start with a portrait. The year is 1993. The book is My Kind of People. Its author is Wayne Coolwell, a journalist. Who are Coolwell’s kind of people? Ernie Dingo, for one. Sandra Eades. Noel Pearson. Archie Roach. And there, sandwiched between opera singer Maroochy Barambah and dancer Linda Bonson is Stan Grant, aged thirty. Circa 1993, Grant is a breakthrough television presenter and journalist whose mother remembers him coming home to read the newspaper while the other kids went to play footy. ‘[T]here was a maturity and a sense of order about him,’ Coolwell writes. The order belies his parents’ life of ‘tin humpies, dirt floors, and usually only the one bed for all the kids in the family’. They are unable to afford a football (Grant relies on rolled-up socks). His sister, one of three siblings, sleeps on a fold-out table. In one house, they have to chase away a group of occupying emus before they can move in.

Declan Fry reviews 'On Thomas Keneally: Writers on Writers' and 'With the Falling of the Dusk' by Stan Grant

On Thomas Keneally: Writers on Writers

by Stan Grant

Black Inc., $17.99 hb, 90 pp

Buy this book
Book Cover 2 Small

With the Falling of the Dusk

by Stan Grant

HarperCollins, $34.99 pb, 320 pp

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Comments (2)

  • I have always had a great respect for Stan Grant. Now, after reading Declan Fry´s analysis of the man, I can appreciate him at much greater depth. Thank you Declan for an inspiring article.
    Posted by Harley Carter
    14 June 2021
  • Stunning piece of writing. I had to order a print copy through the mail so as to sit down and properly read it. It arrived in the middle of the Victorian storm event of the last week and I had to read it dripping wet held delicately at the corners. A writer writing about a writer writing about writers (in the case of the Thomas Kenneally book). A tough commision comprehensively delivered.
    Posted by Patrick Hockey
    11 June 2021

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