My Name Is Why

Author:

Lemn Sissay

Title:

My Name Is Why

Publisher:

Canongate

Nataka Books Reviews: 

My Name Is Why

A moving memoir by Lemn Sissay who was adopted at a young age, was settled with his parents who had his name changed (to Norman) before reconnecting with his Ethiopian background (and changing his name back to Lemn which means 'Why') and eventually meeting his birth family. Most people will know Lemn through his lyrical, witty and observational poetry. In this book, we get a sense of a lifetime of asking questions and how Lemn puts this energy into creativity, purpose and determination to both find out his background, embrace it and move on with his dual British and Ethiopian heritage.

Nataka Books Full Review: 

My Name Is Why

A moving memoir by Lemn Sissay who was adopted at a young age, was settled with his parents who had his name changed (to Norman) before reconnecting with his Ethiopian background (and changing his name back to Lemn which means 'Why') and eventually meeting his birth family. Most people will know Lemn through his lyrical, witty and observational poetry. In this book, we get a sense of a lifetime of asking questions and how Lemn puts this energy into creativity, purpose and determination to both find out his background, embrace it and move on with his dual British and Ethiopian heritage.