My memoir “My Name Is Why” is available to pre-order now. The hardback is at the printers now. There are.42 days left until release date.
Proofs of My Name Is Why have been sent. to various people.
And here’s what they have said. I am in genuine shock. Here they are.
‘The engaging transfiguring truth of My Name Is Why is like a baptism of truth – leaving you washed clean of lies and reborn in love. Profound in its kindness, intelligence and unselfish heart, this book is important and unputdownable’
‘I have never read a memoir like it. A blistering account of a young life in the hands of neglectful authorities. It’s a quest for understanding, for home, for answers. Grips like a thriller. Astounding’
‘The most amazing thing about this book is that it’s not made up. This actually happened’
‘A gorgeous and beautifully written triumph of hope, intelligence and resilience over multiple and varied cruelties’
‘No Government Inquiry could ever expose the inhumanity of our nation’s care system more effectively than this important and compelling memoir. Lemn Sissay is a triumph of human survival’
HELENA KENNEDY QC
‘Inspirational . . . My Name Is Why shows how resilience, determination and courage can be used to drive yourself forward to make a difference’
‘Utterly devastating and beautiful’
‘A brave and beautiful book’
‘Lemn Sissay the person shines through it all, his unflinching honesty, his attention to detail, his humour and bravery’
KIT DE WAAL
‘Lemn Sissay is a man for whom emotions become embroidered onto the page. The largely loveless formative years that he endured in the care system has produced a man so adept at conveying love and truth through stanzas, that you could be mistaken for thinking he experienced an altogether different childhood’
‘Every line of this astonishing memoir oozes with pain and power, vulnerability and victory, humour and honesty. Lemn Sissay makes us all understand that human beings can triumph over the impossible’
‘Chilling, harrowing and heartbreaking . . . Breathtakingly beautiful . . . While the book is heavy with emotion and anger and confusion, what makes it even more heartbreaking and breathtaking is his forgiveness and the grace and the understanding that he shows – it was such a powerful book and I implore you to buy it . . . I was overwhelmed with emotion when I reached its final pages’
DOLLY ALDERTON, THE HIGH LOW
‘The heartbreaking story of one clever little boy’s battle to grow up in care system that just didn’t care. This story will stay with me for a very long time’
‘I read My Name Is Why in one sitting, crying and crying and smiling and shaking, gobsmacked at how Lemn Sissay was treated and what he went through. I am in awe of him and his strength and kindness, and the true gentleness that shines through him. What a book. Heartbreaking and raw and stark and beautiful’
‘A truly powerful memoir, this is as real as it gets’
‘Just finished weeping my way through . . . Read it!’
it is a staggering, beautiful piece of work
‘An extraordinary story’
This isn’t a quote. This is me. This book means the world to me.