Stan Grant wrote Talking to My Country in the wake of fans’ abuse of Aboriginal Sydney Swans’ footballer Adam Goodes in 2015. His book is a personal and powerful response to racism in Australia from one of its most successful journalists, and Wiradjuri tribesman. With a direct gaze Grant examines the “deep wound” that he attributes to dispossession, manifest in Indigenous Australians’ low life expectancy, and high levels of incarceration and suicide. Grant challenges his country to do better, and all of us to address our prejudices. In conversation with Carol Hirschfeld.