‘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 Book of the Decade, 2010-2020 (Independent)
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.
· 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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If Tara Westover’s life story was fiction, you’d probably dismiss it as too far-fetched to be credible. She spent her childhood in deep peril and isolation in the Idaho mountains, a victim of terrible abuse and religious extremism. Yet, at 17, she managed escape into the wider—and, to her, utterly alien—world to reach the very highest standards of education. By turns gut-wrenching, heart-tugging and fiercely inspiring, this unforgettable memoir offers a deftly written lesson in the strength of human resolve and the power of learning.
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Vicarious front seat view of how the past does not have to limit a future
Such an incredible read
This is fantastic weekend read. Confronting and will make you think and feel all emotions. It will have you asking why, then allow you insight, just enough so you can appreciate and understand the struggle. Enjoyable.
The most amazing story.......a raw and honest account of a families life that is just unimaginable to most. Brilliantly written. Highly highly recommended reading.