Featuring stories from the likes of KSI, Mist, Lola Young, Misha B, and more, I Wanted to Quit Too captures a diversity of perspectives and experiences into a moving new book.

London-based poet Hussain Manawer, known for his Sunday Times bestselling collection Life Is Sad And Beautiful, returns with a powerful anthology aimed at those navigating the complexities of grief and “as a medicine for those who feel misunderstood and discouraged”. Titled I Wanted to Quit Too, out 23rd May, this book serves as an aid for souls weathered by life’s storms, offering solace, connection, and inspiration.


Split into five sections – Health, Hustle, Help, Hope, and Healing – the book features a diverse array of voices spanning generations, cultures, and life experiences, delving into the universal experience of grappling with the desire to give up and the profound strength found in persevering. Hussain Manawer, renowned for his poignant poetry, weaves in his verses throughout the anthology, adding artistic depth and resonance to the shared narratives.


Among the contributors are music’s KSI, Mist, Lola Young, Misha B, Sinéad Harnett, among many more, as well as cultural icons like photographer Greg Williams, actors Courteney Cox and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. Their stories, along with those of many others, offer glimpses into the human spirit’s capacity for resilience and renewal.

Growing up in London’s East End, Hussain Manawer discovered his passion for poetry and spoken word at a young age. Blending his unique life experiences, humour and emotional depth has earned him a prominent place on stages like Glastonbury, as well as work for Burberry, BAFTA and collaborations with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry for their latest mental health docu-series The Me You Can’t See.


As I Wanted to Quit Too makes its debut, it stands as a testament to Hussain Manawer’s unwavering dedication to uplifting and empowering others through the transformative power of storytelling. With its message of hope and resilience, this anthology promises to be a guiding light for those navigating the darkest corners of the human experience.


Read the full list of contributors below, and find out more online here.