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The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke

The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke

The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba ClarkeThe Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Published by Hachette Australia on August 9th 2016
Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction
Pages: 272
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four-stars

'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.

“I learned to stay quiet. I learned that nobody much cared. I learned that it was probably my fault anyway, and that what they were doing to me was perfectly okay. This is how it alters us. This is how we change.” 

Maxine Beneba Clarke, in The Hate Race

Having also grown up in suburban, middle-class Australia during the 1980’s and 90’s, Clarke’s memoir brought with it a flood of memories – bubble writing, hypercolour t-shirts, BMX bikes, Baby Sitters Club books, Saturday morning Video Hits. These memories for me, however, do not come weighted down by fear and hatred and shame; they are not associated with name calling and taunts, bullying and isolation, stone throwing, spit balls, hiding in the toilets at school.

Clarke’s memoir is a must-read – a powerful and, yes uncomfortable, story of how casual, overt and institutionalised racism caused longstanding effects on one young Australian.

four-stars
Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir, by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir, by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Poum and Alexandre is a memoir, but has characters so unusual and unique you could easily mistake them for originating somewhere within the novelist’s imagination. Catherine de Saint Phalle…

The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose

The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose

“Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless” Heather Rose, in The…

An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire

An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire

This novel, billed as a psychological thriller that has been shortlisted for The Stella Prize, was a book I was very much looking forward to. Unfortunately it…

The Stella Prize 2017: The Shortlist!

The Stella Prize 2017: The Shortlist!

The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women in literature!   The prize is named after Australian author and feminist Stella Maria Sarah Miles…

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