Pantera Press has bought world rights to a powerful debut memoir by actor and former professional footballer Aaron Fa’Aoso in a six-figure pre-empt from Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management. On top of this deal, the Pantera Press Foundation is making substantial donations to Indigenous-led environmental and literacy organisations.
In this memoir with acclaimed biographer Michelle Scott Tucker, currently titled So Far, So Good, Aaron looks back on his life so far: on how the death of his father and grandfather when Aaron was only six led to him being raised by his fiery mother and even fiercer grandmother. How belief in himself as a warrior, and a descendent of a long line of warriors, made him – for better or worse – into a fighter. It’s been a necessary fight. He writes, ‘according to government data, my chances of living to a ripe old age are actually pretty slim’.
‘So Far, So Good is as much the story of the challenges and aspirations of an underrepresented people as it is the story of an individual,’ Fa’Aoso said. ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to work on it with Michelle Scott Tucker – trust is not something I give so easily, however Michelle is the exception. I am also extremely grateful to Pantera for ensuring a broad audience can access a contemporary Torres Strait Islander story – one with more twists and turns than a Netflix series.’