'Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .'Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street.Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obvious thing.From one of Australia's most exciting writers, and the author of the multi-award-winning Foreign Soil, comes The Hate Race: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.
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I really enjoyed this book and found it eye opening. It was an easy read and each of Maxine's stories are engaging. The book is well written, however the constant repetition of "weaving/singing the tale" in the "folk law way of the West Indies" got quite tired by the end. However this is a very small complaint in what is a wonderful book. It is a gentle reminder that the world is not as utopian as I generally think it is and that perhaps even my own behaviour could be changed for the better.
Absolutely amazing and sad first hand experiences of racism and discrimination in Australia in a memoir. Any person of colour will be able to comprehend the experiences in this book, and will be comforted by the fact that we are not alone.
A first hand account into racism in Australian told against the vicious backdrop of the schoolyard. An insight into how both blatant and seemingly innocuous racism can be. It will leave you enlightened and deeply sad.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 9th August 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1