My Name is Why – Signed Copy

Lemn Sissay

ISBN: 9781786892348


Signed hardback copy of My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

Hand signed by Lemn Sissay to the title page

The book was signed at our  event with Lemn Sissay on 20th November 2019. 

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‘His name is magic, his poems are songs on the street’ – Independent

At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a fostered 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 a childhood in care, 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.

Further Information

Format Hardback
Publisher Canongate Books
Published 29/08/2019
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