My Name is Why

My Name is Why

At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in an adopted 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...

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Title:My Name is Why
Author:Lemn Sissay
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My Name is Why Reviews

  • Joanna
    Fantastic but heartbreaking read, devastating account of the treatment of children and systemic failures the care system in the UK....
  • Jane Gregg
    I’ve really liked and admired the strong, pure focus of Lemn Sissay’s voice as a poet and a broadcaster at large every time I’ve had the opportunity to read or hear it. In this incendiary memoir of his childhood at the hands of the Authority (love how he personalised this depersonalis...
  • Sarah McHugh
    Really recommend this book. Very powerful but not an easy read. Raises so many questions about identity, family dynamics, the times, unchallenged everyday racism, as well as humanity and the lack of humanity...
  • Shalini
    A story that must be heard, no matter how painful. We seem to live in a society where blaming the unfortunate offers absolution for the conscience and justifies an underfunded, under-resourced care system that is far from ideal. Perhaps this book will change some minds....
  • Clare
    If you can read this book and NOT get angry whilst doing so, then you’re a better person than me. My Name is Why is Lemn Sissay’s true story of his life in the English Care system. His Ethiopian mother handed her son into the care of Social Services whilst she finished her nursing course, ...
  • Marianne
    Brilliantly written. A moving account of Lemn’s childhood- fostered and then taken into care. No-one could fail to be touched by his story and appalled by the extent to which he was misunderstood and mistreated. He shares similar accounts of other children in care, who, as adults, are still suf...
  • Pat Randall
    Well written. Tragic to think that children suffered in this way just a few decades ago. Would recommend that you don’t read this on Kindle. Very hard if not impossible at times to read the official documents....
  • Tom Mooney
    If ever there was a book to expose the failures and pointlessness of governments and local authorities, it was this one. This book made me fucking angry. The treatment of Sissay during his 17 years in care is an absolute fucking disgrace and everyone (save a couple of heroes he meets along the way) ...

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