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Life is Sad and Beautiful

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529390186

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 12th May 2022

Genre: Literature & Literary Studies / Poetry

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THE DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION FROM THE ORIGINAL MUMMY’S BOY, HUSSAIN MANAWER.

‘I remember the day I wrote my first ever poem, I was sitting on my bed in the attic and started jotting down lines on this little notepad, little did I know where it would lead me professionally, personally and also psychologically. This is my life’s work to this date, all my notes, my favourite pieces that have served me through my darkest nights and carried me through every moment of pain, suffering, anxiety, panic and hardship.’

Hussain’s debut poetry collection will invite readers on his journey through depression and grief, and out the other side to a better place – there will be joy, hope, tears and laughter – the emotions that make up the fabric of human experience. His words will remind readers, that even in your lowest moments you can find the gold dust, Life is Sad and Beautiful will shift outlooks and stand as a powerful vehicle for growth and change.

ABOUT HUSSAIN:

Hussain Manawer is a globally acclaimed Poet, Mental Health Advocate and Producer – who was born in Newham and shortly after grew up in Ilford, Essex. Tagged ‘The Original Mummy’s Boy’, Hussain derives much of his inspiration from his own experiences and intense grief at the sudden loss of his mother. Dignitaries, major brands and broadcasters seek him out to articulate the mental health struggles our world is facing. Amongst the credits to his name, commissions and collaborations include The Royal Family, The BAFTAs, The FA, Global Citizen, One Young World, Burberry, Anthony Joshua, Marcus Rashford, Tyson Fury, England FC, Peaky Blinders, Soccer Aid For UNICEF, Apple TV+ and many more.

He most recently appeared alongside Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey in the mental health docu-series, ‘The Me You Can’t See‘, alongside Lady Gaga, Glen Close and others. Hussain’s poetry can also be heard on the Archewell Audio Podcast Christmas Special with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Manawer was called upon earlier this year by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to create the ‘Mental Health Minute’ which was broadcast on all radio stations with an all-star line-up including David Beckham, Joanna Lumley, Shirley Bassey, Jessie Lingard, Jamie Oliver, Anne Marie and Charles Dance.

Reviews

An important exploration of navigating the darkest places - and coming through with hope.
Red Magazine
It's powerful stuff, piercing the heart of what it means to experience grief, articulating the most confusing parts of the fog.
I-D