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Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

WINNER – 2009 Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature

SHORTLISTED – Australian Book Industry Association Biography of the Year

SHORTLISTED – Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Lorraine McGee-Sippel was a small girl when she asked her parents what a half-caste was. It was the 1950s and the first step on a search for her birth family that would span decades. In the historic climate of the Rudd Government’s Apology, McGee-Sippel aligns herself with the Stolen Generations as she exposes a government policy that saw her adoptive parents being told she was of Afro-American descent. This is an honest telling that explores the fragility of reconnection, cultural identity and the triumphs of acceptance.

Lorraine McGee-Sippel

 Lorraine McGee-Sippel is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people from the Murray–Goulburn region on the Victorian-NSW border. She worked in a variety of jobs after she left high school, and in her late twenties she took up a career...

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Listen to Lorraine McGee-Sippel reading from her new book and talking to Daniel Browning on Radio National