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#Merky Books is an imprint within William Heinemann, dedicated to publishing the best new fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Curated by Stormzy, #Merky Books forms a home for a new generation of voices. The imprint launched with Stormzy’s first book, Rise Up, in autumn 2018, followed by Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi in summer 2019. That Reminds Me, a novel in verse by Derek Owusu, is forthcoming in November 2019. The programme also includes the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, an open submission competition to find news works across a range of genres. The inaugural prize was awarded in June 2019 to co-winners Hafsa Zayyan and Monika Radojevic.

  • That Reminds Me

  • WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2020
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    'A dreamy, impressionistic offering of reassembled fragments of memories emerging through the misty beauty of a deliciously individualistic poetic sensibility . . . remind[s] us of what has been missing from British poetry. I can't tell you how impressed I was and how much I enjoyed reading this stunning book.'
    Bernadine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

    'Heartbreaking, important and original.'
    Christie Watson, author of THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS

    'Derek Owusu's writing is honest, moving, delicate, but tough. Once you lock on to his words, it is hard to break eye contact. A beautiful meditation on childhood, coming of age, the now, and the media. This work is heartfelt.'
    Benjamin Zephaniah

    'When writing is this honest, it soars. What an incredible use of language and truth.'
    Yrsa Daley-Ward
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    Anansi, your four gifts raised to nyame granted you no power over the stories I tell...

    This is the story of K.

    K is sent into care before a year marks his birth. He grows up in fields and woods, and he is happy, he thinks. When K is eleven, the city reclaims him. He returns to an unknown mother and a part-time father, trading the fields for flats and a community that is alien to him. Slowly, he finds friends. Eventually, he finds love. He learns how to navigate the city. But as he grows, he begins to realise that he needs more than the city can provide. He is a man made of pieces. Pieces that are slowly breaking apart

    That Reminds Me is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and religion. It is a deeply moving and completely original work of literature from one of the brightest British writers of today.
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    'A singular achievement.'
    Michael Donkor, Guardian

    'This story is brave and moving.'
    Kate Kellaway, Observer

    'Honest and beautiful.'
    Guy Gunaratne, author of IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY

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