Convincing Ground is a wide ranging, personal and powerful work which resonates with historical and contemporary Australian debates about identity, dispossession, memory and community. For Pascoe, the Australian character was not forged at Gallipoli, Eureka and the back of Bourke, but in the more satanic furnace of Murdering Flat, Convincing Ground and Werribee. He knows we can't reverse the past, but we can bring our soul in from the fog of delusion. He proposes a way forward, beyond shady intellectual argument and immature nationalism: strengths intact; weaknesses acknowledged and addressed.
Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man born in Melbourne who grew up on a remote island in Bass Strait and had a joey and a dog as pets.
He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher. Bruce is a prolific writer and has written more than 20 books.
His non fiction book, Dark Emu (2014) continues to go into reprint and won book of the year and Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.