Signed Bookplate Edition: My Name Is Why

Lemn Sissay

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd

Published: 2nd Jul '20

£9.99

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A memoir with a message – about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity – from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay

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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERINDIE BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION WINNER’EXTRAORDINARY’ The Times, ‘BEAUTIFUL’ Dolly Alderton, ‘SHATTERING’ Observer, ‘INCREDIBLE’ Benjamin Zephaniah, ‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’ Sunday Times, ‘ASTOUNDING’ Matt Haig, ‘POWERFUL’ Elif Shafak At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.This is Lemn’s story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.Sissay reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

Additional information

Weight 0.154 kg
Dimensions 14 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 224