A haunting memoir about growing up with black skin in late twentieth century Australia, The Hate Race is written with passion and brutal honesty. Skillfully interweaving intimate family history with the Atlantic slave trade and contemporary migration make this a disturbingly powerful story. It is all the more engaging because of its elegant narrative construction.
The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have a proud history, both in celebrating achievement by Australian writers, and in helping to establish values and standards in Australian literature. Established in 1979, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised hundreds of talented Australian writers: novelists, poets, playwrights, scriptwriters, translators, and authors of non-fiction and children’s books.
The winners will be announced on Monday 22 May. We wish Maxine the very best of luck! For the full list of shortlisted authors and books, visit: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/