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My Name is Why

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for anyone who would find it helpful to hear about someone else’s experience of being fostered and growing up in care homes – perhaps if you have had similar experiences to Sissay, or are thinking of fostering or adopting a child, or are working in education, social work, local or national government, mental health or community organising.

A quick summary…

This is Lemn Sissay’s memoir about his childhood in the care system. Sadly, it’s a story of racism, inadequate care, repeated failures by the system and painful discoveries. Remarkably, it’s also a story of the power of creativity, a testament to his survival and an urgent, eloquent voicing of so much that has gone unheard.

Content note: if you have had similar experiences to Sissay, please go gently with this and seek support if reading it brings up painful stuff.

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‘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.

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Format Paperback
Weight 162 g
Dimensions 199 × 130 × 15 mm
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ISBN 9781786892362

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