Title Fight by Paul Cleary | Black Inc.

Title Fight: How the Yindjibarndi Battled and Defeated a Mining Giant

Awards for Title Fight

  • Shortlisted, 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Nonfiction

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About the author

Paul Cleary

Paul Cleary began his career with Fairfax, leading to a decade of economic policy reporting in the Canberra press gallery. After studying in the UK as a Chevening Scholar, he became an adviser to Timor-Leste on resource negotiations. His work has focused …

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Praise for Title Fight

‘An epic tale ... pertinent and important extended investigative journalism, clearly and passionately written’ —The Age

Title Fight is a David and Goliath story of how a First Nations community defeated FMG. But … Paul Cleary has also written a tale of modern capitalism, with lessons for ordinary citizens across the world … Cleary’s primary message [is] that while money might always speak for money, it’s no match for a nation and its people.’ —The Saturday Paper

‘It’s incredible to see the accomplished way Cleary has pulled this complicated and troubling story together in a clear narrative.’ —Meri Fatin, Rare Air podcast

'Meticulously detailed ... [an] extraordinary tale' —Stephen Bennetts, Australian Book Review

‘This is an important and timely book. Cleary manages to make sense of how this opaque and protected industry works within a legal framework that favours miners and does little to support the interests of traditional owners. It is backed by deep research but written with journalistic clarity and a compelling narrative that rightly pits two people, and the cultures they represent, against one another.’ —Andrew Dodd, Inside Story

‘People should buy this book … few Australians know about this. It’s a solid read. Shocking, even.’ —Professor Megan Davis

‘Hugely relevant … Title Fight is forensically researched and absolutely captivating.’ —Jack Latimore, The Age

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