Astounding Messages from the First Readers of “My Name Is Why”.

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.

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‘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’
JESSICA HYNES

‘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’
MATT HAIG

‘The most amazing thing about this book is that it’s not made up. This actually happened’
BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

‘A gorgeous and beautifully written triumph of hope, intelligence and resilience over multiple and varied cruelties’
 CATHY RENTZENBRINK

‘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’
FLOELLA BENJAMIN

‘Utterly devastating and beautiful’
DOLLY ALDERTON

‘A brave and beautiful book’
ROBERT WEBB

‘Lemn Sissay the person shines through it all, his unflinching honesty, his attention to detail, his humour and bravery’
KIT DE WAAL

‘Utterly extraordinary’
MISHA GLENNY

‘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’
NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE

‘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’
DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE
 
‘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’
SALLY LINDSAY

‘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’
LISA FAULKNER

‘A truly powerful memoir, this is as real as it gets’
JENNI FAGAN

‘Just finished weeping my way through . . . Read it!’
ALIX NATHAN

it is a staggering, beautiful piece of work
PANDORA SYKES

‘An extraordinary story’
SUNDAY TIMES

This isn’t a quote. This is me.  This book means the world to me.


9 thoughts on “Astounding Messages from the First Readers of “My Name Is Why”.

  1. Can’t wait to read it. And the praise is all deserved. You are an astonishing survivor who’s gone on to do great things. Resilience and solidarity as I say in my book are paramount Well done x

  2. Lemn So pleased your colleagues and friends in the literary world are publically affirming your biography and acknowledging your life time of battling adversity with your compassion and eloquence. Very best wishes for 29th August and beyond. X

  3. Guess what my friends are getting from me this Christmas Lemn. I can’t think of a better gift, an amazing story of a truly inspirational man, can’t wait to receive my pre-ordered copy.

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