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My Name is Why - Lemn Sissay


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.

My Name is Why - Lemn Sissay

  • The book is in really good condition. Some wear on the cover and some aging of the pages.


    ISBN:    9781786892362
    Publisher:    Canongate Books
    Pub date:    02 Jul 2020
    Language:    English
    Number of pages:    212

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