Educated: The international bestselling memoir

July 20, 2019 - Comment

THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days. The government didn’t know she existed: no birth certificate because she’d never been registered, no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her

THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days. The government didn’t know she existed: no birth certificate because she’d never been registered, no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals.

As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the incredible power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.
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‘An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU’VE HEARD.’ – Bill Gates

Selected as a book of the year by AMAZON, THE TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, NEW YORK TIMES, ECONOMIST, NEW STATESMAN, VOGUE, IRISH TIMES, IRISH EXAMINER and RED MAGAZINE

· From one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019
· Shortlisted for the 2018 BAMB Readers’ Awards
· Recommended as a summer read by Barack Obama, Antony Beevor, India Knight, Blake Morrison and Nina Stibbe

Comments

Anonymous says:

Educational Some autobiographical memoirs of traumatic childhoods areself-pitying and self- absorbed. This one is not. The author gives a balanced picture of her troubled family,in which madness is combined with ingenuity, intelligence and grit, and of the wider Mormon community in which she grew up. It provides a fascinating insight into the complex effects of mental illness on family relationships and the individual. It is also a moving story of one individual’s successful struggle to overcome…

Anonymous says:

I’ve been Educated Usually I take issue with someone younger than me churning out a memoir. On this occasion I’m all for it. This is a stonker. I couldn’t believe that it’s based in the late 20th and early 21st century. I kept slipping into an assumption that it was 1960s America.I read a review in a broadsheet that mentioned Westover’s author’s voice being distant and a little cold. I didn’t feel this at all. I felt it was all the more powerful for not being doused in flowery descriptions. It was…

Anonymous says:

A bit depressing I expected this book to be more redemptive, and it finally left me rather depressed. I suppose I was waiting for the author’s vindication, and I probably wanted a bit of retribution to fall on those appalling parents and that horrible brother. It is hard to believe this was happening during the 21st century, and I admire the author for her ultimate escape, though I was frustrated by the number of times she returned home and faced more abuse. Don’t want to re-read it.

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