Just Sayin'
  • Just Sayin'


    For over thirty years Malorie Blackman's books have shaped British literature and inspired a generation of readers and writers. Now, Malorie is sharing her story. Her memoir is an empowering account of the life of a genius storyteller and all the reasons she writes.

    Malorie takes us back to her childhood, and the precise moment she fell in love with words. She shares how she gravitated to imaginary worlds and realms in order to escape her childhood - the disconnect she felt from other children, the fracture of her family to a single-parent household and the period that led to her eventual homelessness. These are the darker moments which made way for the light and her inspiration for writing.

    Eighty-two rejection letters later, numerous accolades, and over sixty books published Malorie Blackman has spent her life proving people wrong and writing words to encourage every generation to dream bigger and bigger.

    This book is an ode to the younger Malorie, and all the disconnected dreamers like her. This book is full with humour and hope. This is her life lessons, the impetus behind her biggest books, and a few writing tips too. This is an inspiring account of an extraordinary life.

Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children’s in summer 2019.

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