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At the age of 17, after a childhood in an 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.  

Here Sissay recounts his life story. It is 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.

©2019 Lemn Sissay (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Pamela Horitani
  • 2020/10/09

My immediate thoughts after reading My Name is Why

Lemn’s memoir makes me continue to ponder why this world in which we live hates Blacks so much. Why, interwoven into the fabric of society, it is widely accepted that Blacks are less than, inferior. Why individually and collectively a person (and structural systems) willfully set out to demean, belittle and terrorize Blacks in particular (and “people of color” to a larger degree). This brand of willful insanity is destructive to all and will amount to no good. In Lemn’s story, why was this even done? There’s no meaningful answer(s) yet we see/hear of it and the likes time and again. Another Black soul was damaged...but Lemn has done very, very well with the blessings he was allotted. I think Lemn is a resilient soul with a greatness and strength that maybe even he has yet to fully realize.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Misty-Ann McWilliam
  • 2020/10/09

A "must" read

I struggle to understand how humans treat animals with cruelty, then reading this book made me angry and just sad. what am amazing story of courage.....

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/08/18

Beautiful

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I believe I will look back at this book in 10 years as a personal turning point in my life. Thank you so much.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • anne Rutherdale
  • 2020/07/14

So sorry when this book was finished

We listened to Lemn Sissay read his book and it was mesmerizing. I can only say that he is a very resilient person and a great talent. I am looking forward to Reading more books and poetry written by Lemn

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 匿名
  • 2020/04/09

Excellent book, narration and poetry.

Never heard a story that so visible punctured my heart, but saved me with it’s beautiful poems like an oasis in the middle of a desert but most of all showed me the perseverance of the human spirit.

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  • candide
  • 2019/09/01

Painful reading

I read this as an ex social worker. I am long since retired but hearing the lived experience of this boy was horrifying. I have no doubt I probably placed children in similar circumstances and only heard the adult voices explaining behaviours. And that is on top of having worked in a psychiatric hospital setting with the kind of brutalised men he speaks of. It should be required reading for everyone in the care sector - indeed perhaps it should be reread several times during a working life. In fact, perhaps it should be on GCSE reading lists!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Andy
  • 2019/09/04

A distant family member you have never met

I am a distant relative of the foster parents and was very keen to heard Lemns story as soon as this popped up. I particularly loved the short poems and the way in which Lemn tells his tale. Unfortunately it’s not a particularly pleasant story but what I loved was to hear Lemns courage and his determination to be himself and to live according to his rules and not those imposed on him by various people who he came into contact with while growing up.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mary Jenkins
  • 2019/09/15

Makes me SO ANGRY

What strength of character does this man show! Though this is a very upsetting ‘history ‘ I hope its’ author has found some peace and love in this world x Lemn you are a credit to yourself - and to the woman who gave you life x

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • JB
  • 2019/09/19

A cautionary tale

Loved hearing this book, read by Lemn, not in the least because I work with homeless young people. Fantastic reminder all of things wrong with "the system", I shall be buying this book for all my staff to read.

  • 総合評価
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/08/30

Brilliant

Amazing insight in to the power of social services . Thank god for the occasional good SW . A sad story that needed to be told

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/09/18

Lost for words,full of emotion.

So glad I listened to this heartbreaking book. It was brought to life by Lemn narrating his life and hearing him read his poetry. I wept at the sadness and brutal experience of the ‘care’ he was kept in and for his mother. I laughed at the warmth of his humour and intelligence. This story will stay with me.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Debbie Morris-Gray
  • 2019/09/17

Social care incarceration seen through the eyes of a powerless child

Well done Lemn Sissay for surviving The Authorities! Every worker in the care and education sector should read his story. I can only pray that lessons have been learned from such accounts.

  • 総合評価
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  • 匿名
  • 2019/09/21

lemn

My word...I loved it.....so gut wrenching. that i cried out loud for him....His a survivor.

  • 総合評価
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  • 匿名
  • 2019/09/14

What an incredible, tenacious man

I listened to this book non stop from start to finish. Incredibly poignant. Triumph over adversity an cruelty. What a man.

  • 総合評価
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  • 匿名
  • 2019/09/14

Eye opening honesty... very refreshing.

Lem is unassuming. incredibly patient and tolerant. wise beyond his years and a student of Marly. completed in a single listen.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/10/16

My favourite audible book to date

An incredible story told by the author himself. He hooks you in with his poeticism and passion. Highly recommend.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Claire
  • 2020/08/02

Brilliant!

Once I started to listen to this beautifully written, brilliantly narrated, autobiography, I could hardly bring myself to turn it off. This sad, stark and confronting account of Lemn Sissay’s experience of growing up in the UK’s, so called, care system, is the best audiobook I’ve listened to for a very long time.

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  • Giulia
  • 2019/08/31

“They took me away from me”

What a beautiful book, a real life account of being raised in the UK care system, Lemn Sissay is a wonderful human being and an inspiration. I absolutely loved this book;)