Just Sayin' (Hardback)
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Just Sayin' (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 20/10/2022
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Waterstones Says

Inspiring and engaging, the long-awaited memoir from the revered children's and YA author and former Waterstones Children's Laureate chronicles a childhood marked by both a voracious love of reading and the casual racism of the era, as well as a hard-fought journey to become one of the most important authors of the twenty-first century.

Malorie Blackman is one of Britain’s best and most beloved children’s authors, the landmark Noughts & Crosses series included amongst her many books. Her journey to becoming a writer was a long one, but throughout it all she retained a sense of wonder and humour.

Before her BAFTA award wins, her OBE and appointment as Children’s Laureate in 2013, Malorie was a young girl from South London who fell in love with books and found a home in her local library and a world of words at her fingertips. From embracing her alternative way of seeing the world and all its fascinating differences and possibilities; to her desire to share that passion with others by becoming an English teacher but being told no by her careers advisor because of her race; to the doctor who told her she would be dead by thirty when she was diagnosed with sickle cell, and the eighty plus rejection letters she received from publishers before her first ever children’s book was published. Her life’s journey - has been an eventful one – marked by trauma, trials, and triumph, yet in spite of all the many setbacks in her life, she held fastidiously on to her dream of becoming a writer.

Malorie charts her life not in a succinct order of events, but against the principles which have motivated her journey and reasons for becoming a writer – wonder, loss, anger, perseverance, representation, and love. Each tenet has played a unique role in inspiring her writing, her deep resolve and infectious zest for life.

Through this lens of extraordinary experiences Malorie offers insight into the nature of growing up in post-war Britain, why we must protect the arts, the fraught navigation of our healthcare system, and surviving structural and societal racism.

Malorie Blackman’s life story is a testament to hope, humour and honesty. Funny, frank, and full of life lessons, Just Sayin' is the deeply personal and vividly compelling story of a natural storyteller, her incredible life which defied expectations and inspired a generation.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529118674
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a book of life. An inspiring life. - Benjamin Zephaniah

A powerful inspirational memoir that shows just what you can achieve with resilience, determination, ferocious hard work and talent. - Jacqueline Wilson

This book is a frank, earnest, surprising, witty, vulnerable yet open insight into the journey, mind (or heart) and life of a literary icon. - Dapo Adeola

Since childhood it has been an honour to read every story that Malorie Blackman has written. - Candice Carty Williams

It's a total privilege to get a glimpse in to Malorie's inner world. Her humour, boldness, sensitivity and humanity are as much on show here as any of her classics. She's a superhero of literature, goodness knows how many readers she's saved like me. - Zawe Ashton

'It's very candid, and movingly so.... Not only in Blackman a grafter- even more, and in the face of more, than we already knew. She's someone with whom you do not mess. Good on her. She's earned it' - The Telegraph

Just Sayin' is a phenomenal read, truly powerful. - Catherine Johnson

Packed full of life, love, struggle and hope - you won't regret reading it. - Dorothy Koomson

The story of an extraordinary woman. - Sunday Times

This is a book about survival and success. - Guardian

Beautifully written, honest and thought-provoking. - Stylist

She's the light children's writers of colour and diversity all follow. - Alex Wheatle

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“Absolutely Loved It!”

Thank you to the publishers for this review copy, we are big fans of Malorie Blackman in this family so this was an absolute treat to receive a signed copy.
I devoured this book yesterday (with the odd break to tweet... More

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“There's wisdom within these pages!”

When Malorie Blackman was appointed the Children’s Laureate in 2013, I was surprised that it had taken so long for her to be given the mantel. She’s a national treasure who has inspired so many readers. You know... More

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