Malorie Blackman’s memoir to be published by Stormzy’s #Merky Books

The author’s life story will be shared in a new book released in 2022

ANNOUNCEMENT: Malorie Blackman (Photo Ian West/PA Wire)

MALORIE BLACKMAN’S memoir will be published by Stormzy’s #Merky Books, it has been announced today.

The grime star’s publishing imprint has acquired the book which is set to be released in 2022.

Blackman announced the news in a video on social media in which she performed an excited celebratory dance.

In the video she said: “I’m joining the #Merky Books family!”

Giving her followers an insight into the details of the book, Blackman said: “It will be an autobiography with a difference. For aspiring writers, it will also contain all the writing tips and tricks I’ve learnt over the decades.”

#Merky Books said it was happy to announce that it would be publishing the autobiography of a “true national hero”.

The memoir will chart Blackman’s early life and her career highs and lows. 

The 57-year-old has previously revealed how she received more than 80 rejections before her first book was published.

The celebrated author and former children’s laureate’s parents arrived in the UK from Barbados. Before pursuing a career in literature, Blackman worked in computing.

In March it was revealed that Stormzy would star in the TV series based on Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series, which is set to air on the BBC this year. 

Stormzy will play the role of newspaper editor Kolawale, a character that has been created for the TV show.

The 26-year-old, whose real name is Michael Omari Jr, said at the time: ““As a diehard fan of Malorie’s novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true.”

As well as her successful career as an author, Blackman has also written for TV. She has written scripts for Byker Grove, Pig Heart Boy.

The highly-anticipated fifth novel in her Noughts and Crosses series was released in August.

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