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My Name Is Why
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Title:
My Name Is Why
Written by:
Lemn Sissay 
Read by:
Lemn SissayRichard BurnipZoe Mills 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
5 hours 19 minutes 
Published:
August 29 2019 
Available Date:
August 29 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655626251 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Memoirs 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
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A memoir with a message – about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity – from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay.

At the age of 17, 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 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.

'Hugely enjoyable, inventive, funny and touching.'
Guardian

'His gift as a writer – of plays, poetry, documentaries – is for turning life's base metal into gold.'
The Observer