Mirror Book Club members have been deeply moved by the memoir My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay, the poet and playwright who grew up suffering abuse and neglect in care homes.
“This is a powerful story of an identity erased and painstakingly regained – and a shocking indictment of our care system,” said Ioan Jones.
“At times a challenging read but ultimately a truly inspiring one.”
Julie Winch added: “This is a book you will pick up and read in one sitting. It most definitely should be read but will sadden you too.
“Lemn was failed by many people in the most important years of a child’s development. It’s a book that most definitely should be read.”
Jules Thomas found it “a powerful and inspirational read. It was hard to believe this was a true story. I feel everyone should know what happened to children like Lemn in the late Sixties and the Seventies.” Meanwhile, Karen Goodwill Seddon said she read the book in one sitting as she couldn’t put it down.
“It gives you an insight into the life that was forced on him and how he went on to build a good life for himself.
“It was sad that Lemn couldn’t develop a relationship with his mum.”
Yvonne Wilkinson told us: “It was well written but I couldn’t say I enjoyed it because it was so incredibly sad and will stay with me for some time. Every social worker and people working with children should read this book.”
Elle Rathaille thought it “very powerful”, adding: “Lemn is able to capture his thoughts as a child in the care system.”
“A wonderful read,” was Lynn Bowry’s verdict. “I read it all in one night,” said Julia Peck Boydon. “Felt very sad, and I hope the same mistakes would not be made today”.
“A great book club choice,” said Angela Lawman.
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This month, Mirror Book Club members voted We Know You Know – by bestselling author and journalist Erin Kelly – as our new book of the month.
In this psychological thriller, a woman returns to live in the run-down Suffolk town where she grew up, hoping a secret from her teenage years will remain hidden. What is the connection with a woman wrongly committed to a 1950s asylum?
We’d love you to give We Know You Know a read and let the Mirror Book Club know what you think at facebook.com/groups/mirrorbookclub. We’ll print your feedback here on October 23.
We have 25 copies of We Know You Know to give away to Mirror Book Club members. For a chance to win, simply like the post announcing the giveaway in our Facebook group before Monday.
V2, by Robert Harris
WAAF officer Kay Caton-Walsh has been using aerial photos to search for the launch site of the Germans’ devastating V2 rockets, but without success.
After narrowly avoiding two of the deadly missiles in London, she transfers to a team in Belgium who will use maths, based on the missile’s trajectory and landing point, to identify the V2 launch site – then despatch bombers to destroy it.
Meanwhile, Rudi Graf is one of the physicists who launches the deadly V2s. What would it take for him to question his support for the Nazis?
And can Kay and her team stop the rockets before more innocent lives are lost?
V2 is a pacy read, if rushed in places, and masterfully captures the bleak atmosphere of the Second World War’s death throes.
BY CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE
Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day, by Capt Tom Moore
Michael Joseph, £20
Captain Tom entered our hearts as he did 100 laps of his garden to raise £38.9million for the NHS. His riveting memoir tells how he was called up in 1940 and fought at the battle of the ‘Admin Box’ in Burma. He wanted to stay in the army after the war but the ailing family building firm needed him. The company, alas, failed, as did his first marriage.
But his second marriage was happier. He became a father and he retired as director of a cement manufacturer. He even set up the Keighley Disabled Club in West Yorkshire so the lonely and confined had somewhere to meet.
After reading his story, his “little stroll” in April comes as no surprise. It was another chance to serve his country.
BY JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL