'Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller' - Dave Eggers, international bestselling author of A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS
SHORTLISTED FOR THE VICTORIAN PREMIERS LITERARY AWARD FOR NON FICTION 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDIE AWARD FOR NON FICTION 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE STELLA PRIZE 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA BIOGRAPHY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS 2017
'Technically, this book is near-perfect.' - BOOKS + PUBLISHING, FIVE STARS
'Clarke's book is utterly compelling. And it might just break your heart.' AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
'She is not quiet in this memoir, and we need to hear her.' Stephen Romei, THE AUSTRALIAN
'With force and grace, by stealth and shock, THE HATE RACE makes its point, gets under the reader's skin.' THE SATURDAY PAPER
'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.
'There is a tendency to talk about a young author such as Clarke as a "writer to watch" with the expectation that she may, one day, achieve the extraordinary. With THE HATE RACE, she already has; don't watch, watch out.' - THE AUSTRALIAN
'This book deserves a wide readership' - THE BIG ISSUE
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron Is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014) won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015, the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and Maxine was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015, as well as being shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. Carrying the World, Maxine's collection of poetry, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier's Multicultural NSW Award and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and The Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine's first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.