Author(s): 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 Missionis among the most relentless and exciting work I have read in recent years ...... Pearson's analysis is blisteringly compelling' WALEED ALY, The Sunday Age'Pearson is a master of the essay as a literary form ...... Up from the Missionis a serious contribution to Australian letters' PETER SUTTON,The Monthly'Noel Pearson is the best political and social essayist in the country' MICHAEL GAWENDA, Crikey
Noel Pearson is a lawyer and activist. He has published many essays and newspaper articles. This is his first book.