Up from the Mission: Selected Writings

Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission: Selected Writings
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Up from the Mission: Selected Writings

Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission charts the life and thought of Noel Pearson, from his early days as a native title lawyer to his position today as one of Australia’s most influential figures.

This is writing of great passion and power, which introduces a fascinating man and a compelling writer. Many of the pieces included have been hard to find until now. Gathered together in a cohesive, broad-ranging book, they show a key Australian thinker coming into being, Pearson evokes his early life in Hope Vale, Queensland.

He includes sections of his epoch-making essay Our Right To Take Responsibility, which exposed the trap of passive welfare and proposed new ways forward. There are pieces on the apology; on Barack Obama and black leadership; on Australian party politics - Keating, Howard and Rudd; and on alcoholism, despair and what can be done to mend Aboriginal communities that have fallen apart.

‘Up from the Mission is among the most relentless and exciting work I have read in recent years … Pearson’s analysis is blisteringly compelling’ WALEED ALY, The Sunday Age

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