"Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?" by Lorraine McGee-Sippel
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.