This month we review
The Hate Race
Maxine Beneba Clarke

Mariana says; Unputdownable - I read this in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed Clarke’s immersive style of creative non-fiction that wove social critique with a very personal narrative. It broadened my understanding of the experience of racism in Australia and is one of my favourite books of the year.

Mischa says; The Hate Race is electrifying, poignant and devastating; everyone needs to read it!

Dean says; The powerful story Clarke weaves of a familiar Australia childhood is abruptly shattered with sweeping smears of hatred. This is a must read for all Australians and leads to the question; Why do we live in such a hateful country? Clarke writes with magnetism and the ability to deliver a thought provoking punch to the chest.

Nelson says; Powerful and gut-wrenching, Clarke perfectly instils the prolific othering that occurs in Australia of those that lie outside the white hegemony. Not relentlessly harrowing, moments of humour and poignancy make this a truly great read.

Gin says; Maxine Beneba Clarke’s memoir is a moving testimony to story and survival. I read this book in frank recognition. The brutal horror of the ethnic cleansing of the school playground is in marked contrast with Clarke’s warmth and determination. 

Liz says; Deservedly our book of the month!


 This month Amelia reviews
Saving Montgomery Sole

Mariko Tamaki

Montgomery Sole is used to not fitting in with her high school classmates. Being from out of town, having two Mums and a complete disinterest in all things popular culture makes her the target of biting, hurtful comments daily. She takes refuge with her two best friends by investigating all things strange and inexplicable such as ESP, lucid dreaming and hypnotism. None of these are sufficient distraction (including her new ‘magic’ amulet that he has just purchased online) when the son of a famously homophobic preacher starts attending her school.

This is a thoughtful, funny and painfully honest story about family, friendship and ignorance, and Monty’s sardonic observations are incredibly astute and an absolute treat.

Recommended for 12+


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