Alexis Wright wins Stella prize for ‘majestic’ biography of Tracker Tilmouth

Book combining interviews, anecdotes and testimony from friends of Indigenous activist wins $50,000 award

Alexis Wright knew there was no way she could capture a personality as significant as that of Indigenous activist Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth in a conventional biography, so she didn’t try.

Instead, over the course of six years, before his death in 2015 and afterwards, Wright compiled a mosaic of interviews, anecdotes and testimony from those who knew the man, and brought it all together in a volume of close to 600 pages.

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