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  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529119077
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Dreaming in a Nightmare

Inequality and What We Can Do About It

A moving and powerful account of the problems faced and overcome by a new generation, from an extraordinarily accomplished young activist and entrepreneur.

I wanted to change the world, but the world I was born into changed me first.

My name is Jeremiah Emmanuel. I'm twenty one years old. I'm an activist, an entrepreneur, a former deputy young mayor of Lambeth and member of the UK Youth Parliament.

Raised in south London, I lived in an area where crime and poverty were everywhere and opportunities to escape were rare. Violence was accepted, prison was expected. That was the world I knew; the only one I thought was possible for people like me.

Then I discovered another world, one with opportunities round every corner. As I grew my network, I realised that the system actively works against certain members of society, silently preventing people from succeeding. I made it my mission to change this, and to teach people like me about the secret rules of society that empower some to get ahead and keep others down. This is my story of how I made it, and how others can too.

Memoir meets manifesto, Dreaming in a Nightmare is a powerful account of the challenges faced by a new generation and how readers can rally to create change.

  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529119077
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Jeremiah Emmanuel

Jeremiah 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 within London. Aged fifteen, he founded the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Youth council, and created a youth consultancy enterprise, EMNL, which has recently worked with organisations including Rolls-Royce, Nike and the Queens Commonwealth Trust. He is also a member of the Gates Foundation, a youth ambassador for the Big Change Charitable Trust, a Founding Member of the Conduit London. In 2017, he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Praise for Dreaming in a Nightmare

A moving and powerful memoir.

The British Black List

Voice of a new generation ... fast becoming a key spokesperson of his generation - and full of sound ideas about building a fairer, more cohesive society. Dreaming in a Nightmare is Emmanuel's account of his life to date, interspersed with short accounts by his contemporaries of the struggles they faced in life and how they coped with them.

Daily Express

A key spokesperson of his generation

Daily Mirror

His book reads as an inspirational text (Emmanuel is an altruistic entrepreneur and activist who started his first charity as a teenager), and a rousing heartfelt testimony in which self-love trumps self-loathing ... his graceful book fulfils its humble ambition to act as "a guide to recognising the nightmare - and a blueprint for dreaming your way out of it."


A powerfully moving account of his humble, single-parent upbringing in south London; his dreams and the barriers he had to break through.


Both personal and political, weaving tales of his own life with advice for other young people and a call for everyone to do their part in creating an equal society ... Emmanuel is a great communicator; he writes and speaks with confidence. It's easy to see how, from such a young age, he has been able to engage people on the issues he wants to tackle.

Evening Standard

An emotionally searing and powerful account from the 21-year-old youth activist, a former deputy young mayor of Lambeth and entrepreneur who, at 17, was one of the youngest people to receive a British Empire Medal from the Queen. Deftly moving between the past and the present the book illuminates the polarising worlds Jeremiah inhabits ... A rallying cry for gen Z to overcome obstacles, Dreaming in a Nightmare is ultimately a book about hope and galvanising change.


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