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Someone Else's Country

Written by Peter Docker


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On a remote cattle station a small boy begins a profound journey into an Australia few whitefellas know …

This is a journey into another place – a genuine meeting ground for Black and White Australia, a place built on deep personal engagement and understanding.

A fearless, funny and profoundly moving Australian story.

Written in hotel rooms while working as a professional actor in various indigenous film, television and theatre productions, Peter Docker’s Someone Else’s Country is a deeply sensitive and at times intensely visceral engagement with contemporary indigenous culture … it is also a powerful historical document, which has at its heart the struggle of a non-indigenous author trying to find an authentic position from which to discuss the indigenous culture …’ Australian Book Review

‘An extraordinary achievement, as both literature and cultural analysis. Reading this is a privilege … rarely have I been so moved.’ Rolf De Heer, The Tracker, Ten Canoes

‘This book is written from the inside out. And that’s what it did to me – turned me inside out.’ Pete Postlethwaite OBE, Usual Suspects, In The Name Of The Father, Liyarn Ngarn

ISBN 9781921361500 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Pages 416
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
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    Peter Docker

    Peter Docker was born in 1964 in Narrogin, WA, the son of a motor mechanic, and grew up on remote Lort River Station, Coomalbidgup. He studied creative writing at Curtin University, receiving a BA (English) in 1987, and acting at The Victorian College of the Arts, gaining a Diploma of Dramatic Art (Acting) in 1990. Docker lives in the lands of the Kulin Nations, Victoria, and continues to write about the secret country where black and white Australia meet. He writes about the coming together – or not – of the truth and the lies in Australia, about Australia’s search for its truth, and about the myriad of ways that we can look into our hearts – and find love.   Read more