The Tracker

From celebrated First Nations author Alexis Wright, comes a collective memoir of one of Australia’s most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country.

Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in Tracker, the memoir of Tracker Tilmouth – political thinker and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for First Nations 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 anecdotes. His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, 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.

Softcover, 751 pages.