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Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate Maxine Beneba Clarke on her memoir, The Hate Race, being shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in the Multicultural NSW Award category.

Judges' Comments
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:

  • The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke

    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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