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My Name Is Why
My Name Is Why | Lemn Sissay
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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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TheDyslexicTeacher
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This sums up this book for me.

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MrsMalaprop
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Oh my word. What an incredible read. I hadn‘t intended to start 2020 with consecutive memoirs, but I am so glad I did.

I was lucky enough to see Lemn Sissay read from & talk about this book at the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival last October. When I finally got my hands on a copy this week I had to bump it up the #tbr list.

A quick, page-turning, gut wrenching read about Lemn‘s life ‘in care‘ in the UK. So good, so bloody good. What a man 😍👏.

Rissreads Another one already on my list. 2w
Herschelian I see that Lemn Sissay is one of the judges for this year‘s Booker Prize. As is Lee Child‘s. 2w
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TheDyslexicTeacher
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Amazon delivery to kick start of the New Year...

First up - My Name Is Why.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3w
TheDyslexicTeacher Thank you! A little gem of a place for book recommendations. 3w
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 7d
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Emilymdxn
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Harrowing. I knew that Lemn Sissay was a famous poet, probably the most famous black British poet alive rn, but I had no idea about his experiences in care as a black child with no known family in the 70s. Children in care get forgotten about so much in British society and I‘m so grateful for him shedding light on it. I don‘t know if I could have shown the courage he did in those situations, keeping writing through the abuse.

arlenefinnigan I loved this book. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Borrowed this from the library yesterday lunchtime and finished it on the train to work this morning.... I just couldn‘t put it down.

The poet Lemn tells of his childhood growing up in a foster home and care homes - #wil what I learned is that adults can be truly uncaring and that the care system in the UK is broken.

Despite his harsh upbringing, where he felt no love, Sissay still brings positivity to his story - a must-read.

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arlenefinnigan I love this book so much. He's well worth following on Facebook/Twitter. 2mo
squirrelbrain @arlenefinnigan - I would follow him if I did Facebook or Twitter... 😳 There‘s been a few press articles recently that have been fascinating.... 2mo
Clwojick 9 pt. 2mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Attending the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. One of many highlights of Day One was Lemn Sissay reading from his memoir. 😍😢👏. So grateful to be here 🙏.

Libby1 My friend just saw him reading this at an event in Northern Ireland. Enjoy! 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, now THAT‘S a destination for a book festival! 😍😍 3mo
batsy @MrsMalaprop @LeahBergen I went to it once and it still remains one of the highlights of my life! ❤️ 3mo
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Debblyliz
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A powerful and emotional read about Lemn Sissay‘s journey through the British care system. A must read for anyone interested in working or already working with children especially children in care. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/review-my-name-is-why-by-l...

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arlenefinnigan
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This book is amazing & I cannot recommend it highly enough. A heartbreaking story of a stolen childhood. It's a great reflection on Lemn Sissay that he managed to not only survive such an unfair & brutal system but to go on to achieve what his talent deserves, but you should also be angry that he had to,& you have to wonder how many children have been left broken by the failings in the care system. How many ruined lives, how much wasted potential.

arlenefinnigan It's also important to point out that, while he was failed by the system, the kindnesses shown by some stand out - the social worker who fought his corner and stressed that the rejection by his foster parents wasn't his fault; the teacher who recognised his talent for poetry and gave him a copy of The Mersey Sound; the woman from the National Association of Young People In Care who gave him a biography of Bob Marley. 3mo
arlenefinnigan Also, I love that each chapter starts with a poem. A fantastic read. I read it in print but having listened to some excerpts from the audiobook on radio 4, I think the audiobook would be a great way to enjoy it. 3mo
Cinfhen Sounds like an #InfiniteTissueRead 😭😭😭 3mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen oh it really is. A lot of humour in there, but... A lot of very wrong things. 3mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Imagine being a teenager in an 'assessment centre' (detention centre) and writing this when asked to write about yourself for a psychological assessment.

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arlenefinnigan
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"How Darkness runs
From melting shade
How bright the sun
How unafraid"

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arlenefinnigan
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This book is heartbreaking.

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arlenefinnigan
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What a lovely couple of weeks it's been. Paris; my favourite athlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, winning her first world championship; watching St Helens winning the grand final; and lots of reading and wine. Life is beautiful.

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arlenefinnigan
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arlenefinnigan
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Looking forward to reading this