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Take Home Reading: Monica Tan

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Photograph of Monica Tan next to the cover of her book, 'Stranger Country', featuring a figure standing in the middle of a remote, red dirt highway

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. 

For the first batch of episodes, we’ve partnered with our friends at the Emerging Writers’ Festival to spotlight four brilliant new voices from around Australia writing across fiction, memoir and poetry. 

In this episode we’re talking to Monica Tan about her memoir, Stranger Country.

'Will I ever really belong to this country? As a Chinese Australian? As a non-Indigenous Australian...? I was 32 years old and barely knew the country of my birth. It was time to change that.'

Stranger Country is a compelling account of Monica's six-month solo trip to some of Australia's most beautiful and remote landscapes. A thoughtful and provocative reflection on cultural and national identity, Stranger Country grapples with what it means to call Australia home as a non-Indigenous person.

Stranger Country is out now through Allen & Unwin.


Portrait of Monica Tan

Monica Tan

Monica Tan is a renewable energy campaigner in Darwin and former journalist at the GuardianStranger Country is her first book and recently won the NT Chief Minister non-fiction book award.

Portrait of Stella Charls

Stella Charls

Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.

An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.

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