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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.

  • 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

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    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.

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

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