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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition First Impression edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007463898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007463893
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Can’t fail to move.’ The Sunday Times

‘An unsparing portrait of addiction … refreshingly free of rose-tinting.’ The Times

‘Mitch does a fine job of fleshing out his daughter in all contradictory glory.’ Observer

‘An unflinchingly honest memoir.’ Independent

‘The inside story of a pop tragedy … Told with courage, clarity and warmth.’ Q magazine

‘A fitting tribute to her incredible story.’ Now magazine

‘An intimate account’ Look magazine

‘A tender portrait of Amy.’ Camden New Journal

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I was in New York on 23 July 2011 when I heard the tragic news that my darling daughter Amy had passed away. Just a few hours later, I was on my long flight home across the Atlantic, trying to make some sense of Amy's passing, when I said out loud: ‘Amy’s Foundation'. It was as if Amy was talking to me, telling me what she wanted me to do.

We, Amy’s family, set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in Amy’s memory to help disadvantaged young people dealing with addiction, disability, ill health or homelessness. Amy didn’t leave a list of instructions, but she loved kids, so we’re trying to make a difference to as many young people as we can in her name. Everything I spend my time doing, including writing my book about Amy’s life, is to raise money for the Foundation. I am donating all of my author proceeds from my book to the Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to assist as many affected people as possible by supporting and funding identified and reputable charitable organisations that tirelessly carry out remarkable and professional work in these areas. A pipe dream then, maybe, but today it's a reality and, thanks to the hard work of a lot of people.

So what has the Foundation done so far? Well the first grant was made to Hopes and Dreams, a charity the Winehouse family has supported for years. The Foundation’s donation of £10,000 went towards helping three children carry out their last wishes.

Chestnut Tree House Hospice near Arundel Little Havens Hospice in Rayleigh, Essex, and Laura Lynn House Hospice in Dublin (Ireland’s first children’s hospice) were also amongst the first supported, with money going towards facilities that treat terminally and chronically ill children and young people.

Then there is the New Horizon Youth Centre in Euston, London. New Horizon is the largest day centre working with young people at risk of homelessness in central London, teaching skills and offering a free food service. The donation from the Foundation will fund daily meals for up to 60 young people every day for a year. Money has also been allocated to The Pilion Trust in Islington, London. The Pilion Trust charity has a winter project called ‘Crash Pad’, which provides overnight food and shelter for young homeless people – our support will allow them to stay open an extra two days a week.

The Foundation has also given £21,000 to the London Irish Centre in Camden, London. This will fund an Advice Worker post that will support young people at risk in accessing suitable housing, employment, social opportunities and dedicated drug and alcohol services when needed. Amy lived in, and loved, Camden for a lot of her short life so it means a lot to us to be able to offer help in this area. We’re also offering an Amy Winehouse scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School to give a child who couldn’t otherwise afford the opportunity the chance to realise their talents – this is something else we know was very close to Amy’s heart.

Most recently Amy’s mother, Janis, has been proud to donate £20,000 to the MS Society on behalf of the Foundation; this will be used for treating and researching MS in children and young people. Money has also been granted to a community based youth action project, Fitzrovia Youth in Action, and Focus 12, an independent charity providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

In Amy’s short life she touched the lives of millions across the globe. Through my book, the work of the Foundation and Amy’s music, I aim to keep Amy’s legacy alive and keep making a difference – I believe this way she will be with us forever.

And the truth is that the Foundation has not only already helped many young people, it has also helped me. From the months after Amy’s death, to where we are now, the Foundation has given me some purpose and raison d’etre as far as my working life is concerned. This, along with the memories of my beautiful daughter, is what has kept me going.

To find out more about the Foundation visit www.amywinehousefoundation.org.

Mitch Winehouse

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on 15 July 2012
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I LOVED Amy Winehouse' music, and was incredibly saddened when she passed away. I went to her Camden home to pay my respects with all the other public mourners, so to get an insight into how the Mitch Winehouse lived daily with the ups and downs of an addict is something I am really grateful for. The book is heartfelt, honest but overall incredibly sad. Whilst I knew the outcome the impending doom was obvious from the first few pages, and I am not sure there was ever another outcome for Amy.

I always thought the Fielder-Civils were just out for what they could get, and whilst this is Mitch's side, it rings true and honest, and cements my personal view.

One point, is that Mitch refers to the 'good' concerts in Hammersmith in November 2007. Unless there were several dates, I was at that concert and it was shambolic. She was over an hour late on, not 30 minutes, she sang out of time, out of tune and was all over the place. I was so disappointed, and even more so now as I never got to see an idol perform to her best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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I felt this book was written more as a therapeutic release for her Father Mitch than for his daughter, or indeed putting the record straight, which isn't a bad thing.

I must thank Mitch for allowing us an insight to Amy that we never would have seen. I can see she was a spoilt 'Daddies" girl, and as hard as her Father tried to steer her in the right course of her life, she never made it.

Amy is one of the tragic celebrity stars that are lost to this world too early, ones that can give so much, but never make it, but leave us so much.

Many similar cases have been written about, this one unique of course to Mitch as its his daughter. I remember reading another story some time back like this.

Apart from Amy's struggles within herself, she has left a legacy of her superb music, each one with lyrics to really listen to and adhere.

Thank you to HarperCollins UK, Nonfiction/Collins vi Net Galley for allowing me to read and have a chance to review this book.

I do have to say, that yes, in some places the book is repetitive, but this just enhances the books authenticity more I feel.

No one can sit on judgement of another family, unless they have a perfect family themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O'Sullivan on 26 May 2014
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Great singer and so wanted to dwelve into Amy's life,great read, Mitch told it honestly about himself and took you through the ups and downs of being a dad and how he helped Amy .but it made me more aware of Amy's fits and how sad her life ended ,she had so much more to give,she had a loving dad who was there for Amy, couldn't put kindle down. A must for fans to read
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mavvis on 6 July 2012
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This is sad story which we know did not have a happy ending. It is written from the perspective of Amy Winehouse's father and his heartbreak in watching his daughter struggle with drugs. You do feel for him and it is obvious from the book that he loved his daughter very much. I did shed a few tears. However, if you are looking to read a book about the secret thoughts of Amy Winehouse this will not be the book for you. You would get more of her perspectives and feelings by listening and reading the lyrics of her songs. This book is the father's take on her life. Nevertheless, it is a good read and I felt a sense of loss and sadness after I finished the last page.
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By Miss S Dark on 16 Sept. 2013
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Whether a true fan of the formidable Amy or a skeptic this is a must read; Mitch Winehouse provides an insight to Amy's life good and bad; anecdotes don't gloss over the trials and tribulations Amy and her loved ones faced, but deals with it in an honest manner. Mitch allows us into their world; I laughed and cried but most of all I learned more about Amy, the Amy the press rarely allowed us to see.
I wanted to keep learning more, but with regret I knew that it had to end, as it did I felt privileged that Mitch allowed us in; into the Winehouse family - everything they loved, adored and despaired about Amy.
As both a fan of Amy since before the album 'Frank' became "known" and a fellow Camden resident it allowed me to know Amy through her beloved family and not through the sometimes negative hype.
I was left with an understanding of the real Amy, and an understanding of life with an addiction, as the addict and those around you. It saddens me that through such sad circumstances this is the first book I have read in under a week; but it speaks volumes of the honesty and style of writing.
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By Wonder on 13 April 2013
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As a big Amy Winehouse fan I was devastated when she passed away. I knew she had her problems but I also know that the British press will do anything for a story so hoped that they were exaggerated. I think it was brave of Mitch Winehouse to write such an honest book detailing Amy & more so her families struggle with her addictive personality. As you read you can't help but feel for those close to her because they were so helpless. As someone who has never experienced addition or had anyone close to me struggle it really is eye opening and this book I'm sure will give solace many people who find themselves in similar situations. Amy's passing & indeed anyone's needless death at the age of 27 in nothing short of tragic & I commend Mitch for writing such a brave book and for his continued work for those who face similar problems. Amy Winehouse will always be regarded by me as one of British music's most talented & innovative Stars. Many of us miss you & your incredible talent Amy.
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