The Whispering in our Hearts Revisited
Henry Reynolds In Conversation with Paul Daley
For many people, the treatment of Indigenous Australians remains a stain on the nation’s history. In his now classic book The Whispering in Our Hearts, renowned historian Henry Reynolds constructed an alternative history of Australia through the eyes of those who felt disquiet and disgust at the brutality of dispossession. Twenty years later, Reynolds revisits his opus, challenging our sense of nationhood in a timely and provocative manner. In conversation with author and journalist Paul Daley.
Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s most recognised historians and has appeared on countless radio and television programs over decades. His work has changed the way we see the intertwining of black and white history in Australia. His books with New South include The Other Side of the Frontier (reissue), What’s Wrong with Anzac? (as co- author), Forgotten War, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize) and most recently Unnecessary Wars. Previously he has published books such as Why Weren’t We Told. He taught history at James Cook University for many years but now lives in Tasmania.
Paul Daley is an author, journalist, essayist and short story writer. Several of his books have been shortlisted in major Australian literary awards and his journalism has been recognised with numerous prizes including two Walkley Awards, one for Indigenous journalism. His essays appear regularly in Meanjin and Griffith Review (including in GR’s recent Indigenous issue, First Things First) and in compilations including The Best Australian Science Writing (2016) and The Honest History Book (2017). He writes Postcolonial, a column for The Guardian about Australian history, national identity and Indigenous culture. He has just completed his second novel, Jesustown.