My Name is Why is the new book by the poet and writer Lemn Sissay. It’s a memoir with a difference. The author was brought up in the care system (which I’ve always thought was something of a misnomer, though I’m no position to judge). This book draws on the reports written about him by social workers over the years until he reached the age of 18.
I wanted to mention this book, even though I haven’t read it, because the author’s life and achievements are a real testimony to the strength of the human spirit and, I think, the power of forgiveness. Also, how many memoirs are written not just from memory, but from “objective” third party reports?