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Mitch Winehouse
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Book Description

5 July 2012

ALL AUTHOR PROCEEDS DONATED TO THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION.

No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller.

“Amy, My Daughter”, the official biography. For the first time fans can follow Amy’s incredible story in full and discover the truth behind the headlines. With never before seen photos and personal notes and drawings, this book brings together the many layers of Amy’s life – the personal, the private and the public.

From Amy’s mischievous early years, her rise to stardom and to her much publicised struggles with addiction, this is the definitive book on an iconic figure who, although tragically taken at an early age, has left a musical legacy that will enthral audiences for many years to come.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity that Mitch has established in Amy’s name to help children and young adults facing difficulty and adversity in their lives.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition First Impression edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007463898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007463893
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,841 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

From the Author


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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but honest 15 July 2012
By Wayne
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By PPW
Format:Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amy, We Miss You 8 April 2013
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A very good book and very honest, must be hard to right such frank words.
She was an amazing artist and an even better person.
A very good read and will make you cry x
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By kel
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I have read a couple of books on Amy Winehouse but it's so nice to read an accurate account of her life and struggles, i can only imagine what Mitch is going through and my heart and thoughts go out to him and his family. It was a great book and beautifully written, i have been a fan of both Amy and her music for a long time, i just want to say to Mitch that it hurt her fans too seeing her like that, but i knew she always had support and Mitch did everything he possibly could have. I would recommend this book to anyone, from all walks of life, i laughed, i cried whilst reading this book. Don't worry Mitch, Amy will NEVER ever be forgotten, and keep up the good work, somewhere Amy is watching you and she's with you all the time in heart and spirit. I would give this book 10 stars if i could, an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Daughter Amy 8 Mar 2014
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It mad eke cry , it mad eke laugh it made me realise what a great lady Amy was. Such a beautifully written tribute to a fantastic musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story about an amazing lady 7 Mar 2014
By Joan
Format:Paperback
On New Year's Eve (2013) I was watching tv and saw a live performance of Amy Winehouse. I had heard of her, but never heard her music before. I was absolutely entranced by this tiny girl's spectacular bluesy/jazzy voice. After that broadcast, I started to read about Amy online and felt a lot of pain at how she struggled with drugs and alcohol and finally died so young. Some of the stories online were slightly alarming and as were some pictures. This book for me, put all of that 'googled stuff' into perspective and gave a much truer and comprehensive picture of Amy the daughter, the song writer, the singer, the comedian, the beautiful and generous soul that she was. I am also quite impressed at what her father has done at starting a charity in Amy's name to help those who struggle with addiction, just like Amy. I shed a lot of tears reading this book and being a mother myself, felt great empathy for her parents, who must miss her terribly. But most of all, I feel honoured to have been given an inside look into the life of incredibly talented woman. I have no doubt she will be missed by many. Bless you Amy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving tribute and great holiday read. 3 Mar 2014
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Arrived super quick. Read this while on holiday in Thailand. Moved me to tears. Would recommend this book whether an Amy fan or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good honest book 19 Feb 2014
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I thought the book was good, honest and I really felt for Amy and her friends and family. May she rest in peace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight
Couldn't put this book down, I was gripped from start to finish. An amazing insight into the true life of Amy Winehouse.
Published 2 months ago by Ashleigh M
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read!
Finished reading this last night. An excellent read. An interesting insight into Amy's life sadly cut short by her death! As told by her father Mitch
Published 2 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
Could not put this book down until I had read it all! Heart goes out to Amy's dad Mitch who wrote it, you can feel his heartbreak throughout the book! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!
I have just read this in lesd than 12 hours. I couldn't put it down not only did it bring tears to my eyes it also made me laugh out loud. Anyone who loved Amy read this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jade saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a father's love....
I've been a fan of Amy since the release of Frank. I just love Amy's voice and her writing is second to none. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MiniCooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Very touching book, a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it to all Amy Winehouse fans.
Published 5 months ago by Rachel Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars It Sets The Record Straight.
Everyone has heard of Amy Winehouse. There were days and weeks when every time you opened a newspaper another story of her antics were splashed over the pages. Read more
Published 6 months ago by cassam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Tome
A great book from the Dad who shouldered Amy throughout her life, you get a sense of his loss from the book, and it's pretty immense - a well written book that ANY Dad should be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Darren Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars touched xx
Really lovely account of Amy's life by someone who knew her best - her Daddy. Thank you Mitch for sharing her with us. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mrsfox
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