Raceless

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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.

Critics Review

  • A jaw-dropping story, told deftly . . . a gripping, thought-provoking book

    The Times
  • An extraordinary debut

    Daily Mirror
  • 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
  • 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

    co-author of Slay in Your Lane
  • A beautifully written account of an extraordinary story, Raceless is as eye-opening as it is profound

    author of Little Black Book
  • 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

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