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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 11, 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.

©2019 Derek Owusu (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"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)

"Honest and beautiful." (Guy Gunaratne, author of In Our Mad and Furious City

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Gripping and fantastic

This book is beautifully written and the words used convey such raw emotion. I found myself totally emersed in the story and how relatable it was to me. The narrator also gives a fantastic performance that brings life and voice to the story and characters. This book really is wonderful and inspirational. So for that reason I'll be recommending this book to people in my life.

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The bitter truth

True life of being born into care & then the harsh reality of learning to know your real family. All the, often unsupported mental health issues which go hand in hand with this.

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The poetic words of the the story flow into each other telling the story of unsettlement

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Immensely well written

This is such a fascinating book, really well Written and narrated. One I may well read more than once in order to fully grasp

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Prose poem performed brilliantly

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading here is sensitive and assured -- anyone who has heard his narration of Ben Aaronovitch's _Rivers of London_ series will know that he has all the skills for being a great story teller. His Ghanaian heritage, shared with the author, makes him a fitting and capable choice for Owusu's poetic book, with its specific mix of voices, languages, and accents.

It should be noted that the printed version of this book has minor differences from the version in the audio here (notably 'African deities' for 'Greek deities' on p.93--I wonder which is Owusu's first thought and which his later revision here), but the text is substantially the same.