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My Name Is Why: A Memoir

by Lemn Sissay - £9.99  Canongate Books Ltd (2020)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781786892362 | ISBN 10: 1786892367

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.

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