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Raceless

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781405545709

Price: £19.99

ON SALE: 18th February 2021

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

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A GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, EVENING STANDARD AND COSMOPOLITAN BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR 2021

In Georgina Lawton’s childhood home, her Blackness was never acknowledged; the obvious fact of her brown skin, ignored by her white parents. Over time, secrets and a complex family story became accepted as truth and Georgina found herself complicit in the erasure of her racial identity.

It was only when her beloved father died that the truth began to emerge. Fleeing the shattered pieces of her family life and the comfortable, suburban home she grew up in, at age 22 Georgina went in search of answers – embarking on a journey that took her around the world, to the DNA testing industry, and to countless others, whose identities have been questioned, denied or erased.

What do you do when your heritage or parentage has been obscured in a complex web of deceit? How can you discuss race with your family, when you each see the world differently? When a personal identity has been wrongly constructed, how do you start again?

Raceless is a beautifully-written true account of a young woman seeking her own story amid devastating family secrets. For readers of powerful, moving books about family, growing up and identity, such as My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay and Educated by Tara Westover.

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Reviews

Lawton builds a strong story around her attainment of emotional balance and her quest for identity and belonging. At turns revelatory and profound, this memoir sings
Publishers Weekly
A jaw-dropping story, told deftly . . . a gripping, thought-provoking book
The Times
Compelling
Cosmopolitan
This book is a masterpiece; functioning both as a beautifully-written memoir and sensitive, highly-researched text unpacking the realities of race as a social construct and as a powerful influence on the lives of black people. It is an invaluable read for any person with an interest in race issues in the UK, but especially black and black mixed race people, who so often haven't been given the space to tell their stories. Georgina Lawton is a true talent and while some parts of her story are mired in pain, upon finishing Raceless you'll only be left with optimism for her future as a writer, thinker and commentator
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Editor-in-Chief, gal-dem magazine
Georgina is such a passionate, engaging writer, and I think Raceless is going to be absolutely huge
Jenny Colgan, author of Sunrise by the Sea
An extraordinary debut
Daily Mirror
A beautifully written account of an extraordinary story, Raceless is as eye-opening as it is profound
Otegha Uwagba, author of Little Black Book
Georgina Lawton's Raceless is an absolutely riveting read, not just as a poignant and eye opening memoir but as a nuanced and crucial dissection of race as a construct. She writes so movingly and powerfully about her experiences - I have no doubt this will be one of the books of this year
Yomi Adegoke, co-author of Slay in Your Lane
Heart-rending and poignant . . . Georgina's story is painfully illuminating but a triumphant journey of self-discovery
Florence Olajide, author of Coconut
An incredibly moving and honest account of self discovery. I found myself weeping at the ways Georgina described grieving for a parent on top of navigating the realisation that her origin story was vastly different from the story she had been told. It isn't often that you come across a story like hers and with every page it felt as though she was letting us in a little bit deeper. What a stunning debut!
Liv Little, gal-dem founder
This is a compelling, incisive and important memoir; both intimate and political
Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller
Fascinating
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Freshly fascinating. [Lawton] is a particularly astute observer of the psychological dislocation caused by growing up mixed race . . . and she writes beautifully about questions of identity and belonging, so central to each of us in finding our particular place in the world
New York Times
A beautiful heart-expanding memoir, a truly unforgettable reading experience that will stay with me for a long time
Emma Gannon, author of Olive