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#Merky Books is an imprint within William Heinemann, a part of Penguin Random House UK, dedicated to publishing the best new fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Curated by Stormzy, #Merky Books publishes two to three books per year, and forms a home for a new generation of voices. The imprint launches with Stormzy’s first book, Rise Up, in autumn 2018. Future initiatives include an open submission competition for young writers, and a paid internship.


  • Rise Up

  • *A 2018 BOOK OF THE YEAR*

    ‘An inspirational must-read.’ Evening Standard

    ‘A very important book.’ Will Gompertz, BBC

    ‘A motivational, inspirational oral history.’ Nikesh Shukla, iNews

    ‘Don’t sleep on it... the future is looking #Merky.’ Metro


    It’s been a long time coming, I swear...’

    In four years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation. Rise Up is the story of how he got there. It’s a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It’s about knowing where you’re from, and where you’re going. It’s about following your dreams without compromising who you are.

    Featuring never-before-seen photographs, lyrics and contributions from Team #Merky, Rise Up is the #Merky story, and the record of a journey unlike any other.


    Edited and Co-written by Jude Yawson
    Contributions by Team #Merky
    Images by Kaylum Dennis

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