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A memoir about home and belonging, from the author of I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

‘A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman’ BARACK OBAMA

Maya Angelou’s five volumes of autobiography, beginning with I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In the fifth volume, Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to discover that ‘you can’t go home again’ but she comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery – and the myth of mother Africa.

‘She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds’ OPRAH WINFREY

‘She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents – used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate’ TONI MORRISON

Reviews

She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds'
Oprah Winfrey
DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Told with the humorous, unsentimental wisdom that has gained Maya Angelou such a devoted following’
SUNDAY TIMES
She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate
Toni Morrison
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
GUARDIAN
'Maya Angelou has a fiercely uncompromising spirit’
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
She continues with all the freshness and warmth of her earlier book s' EVENING STANDARD
'Maya Angelou has an amazing ability to take readers into her personal maze and lead them out again feeling refreshed and even jubilant’