Winner of the 2018 Stella Prize 

Tracker – Alexis Wright

Nonfiction · Giramondo Publishing


About the book

“With a tight narrative structure, compelling real-life characters, the book sings with insight and Tracker’s unique humour.”

– 2018 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant Creek, and the novels Plains of PromiseThe Swan Book and Carpentaria, which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards, and the ALS Gold Medal, and was published in the US, UK, China, Italy, France, Spain and Poland. She is currently the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.

Further Reading


“A demonstration of the power of oral and collective storytelling…It’s not just Tracker’s story, but a life interwoven with the story of the stolen generations, Aboriginal activism, Australian politics, and the culmination of tens of thousands of years of culture and connection to land.” Alex Gerrans, The Guardian

“It paints a vision of action and possibility for this continent that makes it required reading for all Australians and all those interested in this land.” Jane Gleeson-White, The Sydney Morning Herald

“The nuanced portrait of Tracker that emerges from these collected fragments reveals the impact he made on so many lives. This is a landmark work – epic in its scope and empathy.” Bronte Coates, Readings


Read the full transcript of Alexis Wright‘s beautiful acceptance speech upon winning the 2018 Stella Prize 

Listen to Alexis Wright in conversation with Chris Dite during the launch of Tracker at MPavillion.

Read Alexis Wright’s Hey Ancestor! on IndigenousX.

Listen to events with Alexis Wright on The Wheeler Centre podcast.

Judges’ report

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