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Publisher Description

The long-awaited autobiography from one of Australia's most popular, much-loved and enduring media stars, Lisa Wilkinson.

Lisa Wilkinson has lived much of her life in the public eye. One of Australia's most respected journalists and media personalities, her warm, intelligent and elegant presence has graced our television screens for many years, where she has shared, shaped and even shifted many important national conversations. But it all could have been so different ...

Subjected to horrific bullying as a teenager, Lisa survived by making herself as small as possible. But she swore when she left school that no one was ever again going to determine who she was - or limit what she was capable of. That determination and drive led to Lisa blazing an unprecedented and enormously successful trail through the Australian media and cultural landscape for more than four decades.

An early ground-breaking career in publishing - at 21, Lisa was the youngest editor ever appointed to take charge of a national magazine, Dolly, before spending ten years as editor of the iconic Cleo magazine - then led to a stunning television success story. This included spending more than a decade as co-host of the Nine Network's Today show, before she caused a media storm across Australia and the world on the issue of the gender pay gap, when she moved to the Ten Network as co-host of its prime-time award-winning program The Project.

It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This is the story of how a young girl from Sydney's western suburbs came to be such a force in Australian cultural life. It is a story that is honest, funny, engaging - and powerfully inspirational.

'Told with humour and a 'did this really happen to me' relatability ... generous and gracious' The Daily Telegraph

Biographies & Memoirs
1 November
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Bec Aguirre ,


A life full of ups and downs told by a woman whose truth has driven her course and forged the way for so many that will follow. Beautifully written.

Thomas_49 ,

It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This.

A well written and informative look at the amazing life of Lisa Wilkinson, her family, her exploits and achievements, as well as an in-depth experience of journalism, and the Television industry.
Congratulations Lisa.

Leotiger1074 ,

A must read!!

What an amazing book! I loved every page and found it hard to put down and yet I didn’t want it to end!!
Lisa, you are one incredible woman and my admiration for you is infinite!!! Thank you for telling your story.