My Name Is Why

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lemn Sissay

Narrated By: Richard Burnip, Zoe Mills, Lemn Sissay

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.

Date: August 2019

Duration: 5 hours 20 minutes

Summary:

At the age of seventeen, 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.

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  • Jenny L.

    A wonderful, moving and inspiring book which tells the story of how a loving, bright, outgoing child was betrayed by those he believed loved him, and how he finally overcame the damage this did to him.

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