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Hardback:My name is why, a memoir:2019:Main edition My name is why, a memoir
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Author: Sissay
Publication year: 2019
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Canongate
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At the age of 17, 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.

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No book about someone's sad upbringing can be called enjoyable. However, the book is well written and how his life 'came good' is to be celebrated.
03/11/19
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Bedford
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Talking book - CD:My name is why:2019:Unabridged ed
Author: Sissay, Lemn
Year 2019
Media class: Talking book - CD
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Talking book - CD:Old Possum's book of practical cats:2020
Author: Eliot, T. S.
Author: Sissay, Lemn
Year 2020
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eAudio:Old Possum's book of practical cats
Author: Eliot, T. S, author.
Author: Sissay, Lemn, narrator.
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