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Educated: A memoir

by Tara Westover

Biography / Autobiography

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This extraordinary story of Tara Westover just blew my mind.  Tara was raised in rural Idaho, in a household entrenched in poverty, so removed from society and controlled by a father with rigid religious beliefs and to top it all off an abusive brother.

Despite not entering a classroom until she was 17, through education, self-education Tara triumphs with her finally earning her doctorate at Cambridge. This is her story of reinvention, of her finding her feet and her voice after such a traumatic start in life.

This is an inspiring tale from one incredible individual and although it was difficult to read and comprehend in parts, I could not put it down.

Educated: A memoir Synopsis

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn't exist. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had 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 transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it. 

Educated: A memoir Press Reviews

`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 THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER

A memoir to stand alongside classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage . . . a compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination - Sunday Times

[A] fascinating, jaw-dropping memoir -- Nina Stibbe - Observer

[A] superb memoir... Westover's journey from a remote corner of the American west to one of the world's grandest seats of learning is extraordinary . . . Her story, of fighting to be herself, is as old as the hills she came from, but Westover gives us such a fresh, absorbing take that it deserves to bring her own private Idaho into the bestseller lists, book groups and, eventually, cinemas. - The Times

Brilliantly recounts her journey towards knowledge and enlightenment -- Blake Morrison - Guardian

An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU'VE HEARD. -- Bill Gates Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote described in tidy prose attests. That someone who grew up in her circumstances could achieve as much as she has is astonishing . . . The central tension she wrestles with throughout her book is how to be true to herself without alienating her family. Her upbringing was extraordinary, but that struggle is not. - The Economist

This memoir [is] one of the wisest accounts of family love and betrayal that I've read - Mail on Sunday

[An] astonishing autobiography -- Antony Beevor Heartbreaking in its honesty...[an] intelligent and powerful memoir - Literary Review

An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education - Mail on Sunday, 2018 Cultural Highlights

Educated is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. What a writer, what a thinker and what a gift for the rest of us to be able to read her story. Unbelievably moving and profoundly thought-provoking. -- Elizabeth Day Educated is an unflinching account of love and brutality, of the strength of blood ties and the power of imagination, and of a young woman whose intellect, self-knowledge and courage illuminate every page. There are passages so painfully vivid that they sear themselves into the memory, yet Westover is never prurient or punitive: even when writing from the depths, she does so with compassion and grace. Both the book and its writer are remarkable in every respect -- Sarah Perry, bestselling author of THE ESSEX SERPENT Westover has a story to tell that shouldn't be ignored - The Guardian

This fiercely intelligent memoir is a fascinating and compassionate view of another world and the author's struggle to both escape from and understand it as she heads out into the world - The Pool, Ones to Watch in 2018

A shocking and powerfully moving memoir - Daily Express

What comes through is Tara's grit, determination and instinctive sense that somewhere within education lies her redemption ... There is pain and adversity in this heart-wrenching memoir but ultimately what Tara leaves us with is hope - Sunday Express

Marvellous. There is no feeling like discovering a young writer who is springing up fully armed with so much talent -- Stephen Fry

Absolutely superb . . . the last 100 pages were so gripping I could hardly breathe -- Sophie Hannah

Tara Westover's beautifully written memoir shines a light on a part of our country that we too often overlook. Her powerful tale-of trying to find a place for herself in the world, without losing her connection to her family or her beloved home-deserves to be widely read. My Mamaw would have been rooting for Tara. -- J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy Educated. 

In showing us the unstoppable power of a young woman determined to make her own decisions and find her own way, is an inspiring and important tale for our times. I am still cheering her on -- Rebecca Stott, award winning author of THE DAYS OF RAIN -

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. 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780525528050
Publication date: 20/02/2019
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Format: Audiobook

ISBN: 9780099511021
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099511021
Publication date: 1st November 2018
Author: Tara Westover
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
Categories: Memoirs, Education,

About Tara Westover

Tara Westover (born September 1986) is an American memoirist, essayist and historian. Her memoir Educated (2018) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for a number of national awards, including the LA Times Book Prize, PEN America's Jean Stein Book Award, and two awards from the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times named Educated one of the 10 Best Books of 2018 and in a piece written by Bill Gates, Westover was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019.

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