#Merky Books will publish the memoir of youth activist Jeremiah Emmanuel, which is “a guide to overcoming the obstacles young people should not have to face”.
Penguin Random House editorial director Tom Avery acquired world rights for Dreaming in a Nightmare. The deal was negotiated by Ben Clark of The Soho Agency in association with Imhotep Studios. It will be published on 21st May 2020.
“Dreaming in a Nightmare is a moving and powerful account of the problems faced and overcome by a new generation—tackling subjects ranging from housing to education to employment to violence to the criminal justice system—from an extraordinarily accomplished young activist and entrepreneur,” #Merky Books said.
The synopsis reads: “My name is Jeremiah Emmanuel. I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in south London, in an area affected by crime, poverty and a lack of opportunities. This was the world that I knew growing up. It was a world where violence was accepted and prison was expected. A world in which your best friend could vanish overnight. But as I got older, I began to experience another world. This was a world where people listened to you, where opinions were heard, where doors were opened, where opportunities were everywhere.
"Dreaming in a Nightmare is the story of those two worlds, and how it is possible to move from one to the other. It is both an urgent exploration of a growing national crisis, and a guide to overcoming the obstacles young people should not have to face. It is my story, and the story of my generation. It is a book that I hope will change your world.”
Emmanuel said: “Growing up I wanted to change the world, but everything around me told me that my world couldn’t be changed. For me and for my friends, it was difficult to dream when our reality more closely resembled a nightmare. I wrote this book to help change that, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to highlight many of the problems young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have to face, day in, day out."
He added: "I am thrilled to be working with Penguin and #Merky Books, and hope that with them we can help to change minds and inspire many young people to see beyond their circumstances.”
Emmanuel is a youth activist, public speaker and entrepreneur. He started working within his local community at the age of four, campaigning around several issues that affected young people with the Nelson Mandela School Foundation. In 2011 he was elected into the UK Youth Parliament becoming an MYP, and later became a young mayor in London. Aged 15, he founded the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Youth council, and created a youth consultancy enterprise, EMNL. He is also a member of the Gates Foundation, a youth ambassador for the Big Change Charitable Trust, and a Founding Member ofConduit London. In 2017, he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).