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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In her revelatory autobiography, magazine editor turned TV host, Lisa Wilkinson, hands us a backstage pass to her extraordinary life. In It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This, Wilkinson writes with affection about the good times and with resolute bravery about the tough times. But it is in her examination of power structures that this work becomes truly illuminating. Whether recounting the day she was choppered in to negotiate a job offer at Kerry Packer’s Palm Beach summer house, or the ten years her work life was intertwined with her Today co-host, Karl Stefanovic, she is questioning, insightful and honest. The book also details the cutthroat media environment of the 1980s onwards—alongside more than a few tantalising celebrity encounters. This is the inspiring story of how a “kid from nowhere who knew nothing and no-one” became a luminary of Australian media, spurred by her feminism, her family and professional grit.
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.
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.
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.