My Name Is Why

My Name Is Why A Memoir

Hardback (29 Aug 2019) | English

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Synopsis

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TIMES, NEW STATESMAN AND THE HERALD

'A quest for understanding, for home, for answers' Matt Haig

How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781786892348
Publisher: Canongate Books
Imprint: Canongate
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1441
Number of pages: 193
Weight: 412g
Height: 162mm
Width: 222mm
Spine width: 29mm