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Title:
Telling Tennant’s Story: The Strange Career of the Great Australian Silence (MP3)
Written by:
Dean Ashenden 
Read by:
Ant Neate 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
8 hours 14 minutes 
MP3 size:
362 MB 
Published:
June 01 2022 
Available Date:
June 01 2022 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781038608802 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; History; Memoirs 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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Returning after 50 years to the frontier town where he lived as a boy, Dean Ashenden finds Tennant Creek transformed, but its silence about the past still mostly intact.

The tale of a town, and a nation. Provoked by a half-hidden account, Ashenden sets out to understand how the story of ‘relations between two racial groups within a single field of life’ has been told and not told, in this town and across the nation. In a riveting combination of memoir, reportage and political and intellectual history, Ashenden traces the strange career of the great Australian silence – from its beginnings in the first encounters of black and white, through the work of the early anthropologists, the historians and the courts in landmark cases about land rights and the Stolen Generations, to still-continuing controversy. In a moving finale, Ashenden goes back to Tennant Creek once more to meet for the first time some of his Aboriginal contemporaries, and to ask how the truths of Australia’s story can best be told.

'A drily elegant, bracing work from a pained and open heart.'
Helen Garner, award-winning author of The Spare Room

'A graceful, unostentatiously scholarly, wise (and highly readable) book on a subject of overwhelming and enduring significance for all Australians.'
Robert Manne, author of The Mind of the Islamic State

'Refreshing and original. A unique window on Australia’s past and its barbed resonance today ... Essential reading for anyone interested in the challenge of truth-telling.'
Mark McKenna, award-winning author of An Eye for Eternity