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The Woman I Was Born to Be [Hardcover]

Susan Boyle
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Book Description

14 Oct 2010

In April 2009, a modest middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain's Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world.

From singing karaoke in local pubs to live performance with an eighty-piece orchestra in Japan's legendary Budokan arena and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar.

This astonishing transformation has not always been easy for Susan, faced with all the trappings of celebrity, but in the whirlwind of attention and expectation, she has always found calm and clarity in music. Susan was born to sing.

Now, for the first time, Susan tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude and an unfailing sense of humour.

'When I strutted onto the stage for that audition, I was a scared wee lassie, still grieving for my mother, not caring how I looked. I think I've grown up a lot in the last year, become more of a lady, and I'm not so frightened anymore. I'm telling my story to try and show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, that you shouldn't just look at the label - you must look at the whole person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I hope that it will show that dreams are not impossible, if you've got courage and a willingness to go on no matter what the circumstances.'

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593066944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593066942
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A refreshing revelatory and spirit-moving memoir which reads as beautifully as she sings..." (Irish Independent)

"A heartwarming story and a reminder that in the crazy world of showbiz, anything is possible ... one of the most incredible showbiz tales of our time" (Heat)

"A revealing portrait of an often misunderstood woman" (OK!)

"Movingly told" (The Times)

"Hard to put down" (The Sunday Times)

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The extraordinary personal story of the Scottish woman who became a global superstar overnight

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 14 Oct 2010
Susan Boyle is no ordinary woman. This telling of her journey to date is filled with both pathos and humor. It is one of the most honest accountings I have ever read from a celebrity, and a study in courage, determination, and unshakable faith. There are still bullies who refuse to see beyond who they think is Susan Boyle, yet never take the time to find out who she really is. But as one finds out in this book, she is not that easily dismissed. A must read for people of all faiths and anyone who has faced the stigma of "disability".
It is intelligent, honest, and at times hilarious.
I recommend it highly.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat 16 Oct 2010
THE WOMAN I WAS BORN TO BE reviewed by CanadianBill

On April 1, 2009, Susan Boyle's 48th birthday came and went without notice. Susan had no money, there was no party, no cards, no anything. It was just another day.

On April 1, 2010 Susan Boyle stood in the Famous Nippon Budokan in Tokyo Japan, in front of an 80 piece orchestra with which she had just sung several songs. She was wearing a diamond and gold bracelet, a gift from Simon Cowell and a beautiful gown designed especially for her. Susan stood there and listened as the 10,000 strong audience sang Happy Birthday while the orchestra played. In the audience were members from her fan site that had travelled from all over the globe just to hear her sing.

The difference a year makes! With humor, humility, wit and great honesty, Susan Boyle shares her incredible journey. The tears and the fears are there - but so too are the joys and the triumphs.

Reading Susan's story, one finally understands how her world was turned so upside down in one brief moment. Instant worldwide fame. The reader can't help but suffer with her as the press beseiges her unrelentingly and then turns on her at the most challenging time in her life - the week leading up to the BGT Final.

In the book, perhaps her former singing teacher and now long-time friend, Fred O'Neil says it best: "Susan Boyle is not an 'ordinary woman'. She is an extraordinary person who's got a different kind of voice and a different personality. She is not like any other person in the world."

I laughed out loud. And I wept. Courage is not being without fear. Courage is being afraid but going on anyway.

Susan Boyle's story is a story of courage.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read about a great woman 14 Oct 2010
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Read till 2 AM. It's sooo funny. Susan Boyle has a great sense of humour (as she says, she's needed it). Yeah, there some really bad times that she describes and you have to admire her unsparing honesty about herself and others. But the overall tone of the book is upbeat and, yes, inspiring. Can't recommend it too highly to anyone, who loves a terrific story. Wonderful Christmas gift.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something you must read 11 Dec 2010
By Taki
Format:Audio CD
My English is not good enough to write a real review of Susan's book.
This book will make you laugh, will make you cry, but most important will make you feel good at the end .
Because, after you have read it all you gain (is this the right word?!) some inner force that make you feel
you could do so many things you thought impossible before.
You realy begin to appriciate more some things you always took for granted, and realise how much diference
you can make if sometimes you raise your voice against the bullying instead of turning your head other way, and, this way, making yourself a part of that cruelty.
To say it in few words: this book is something you SHOULD read. It could make you a better person.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read: The WomanI Was Born To Be: My Story 24 Oct 2010
Susan's journey is frank, honest, warm, funny, heart-breaking, and triumphant, just like Susan herself. I could not put her book, "The Woman I Was Born To Be", down once I started reading. I felt just like Susan was in a chair next to me herself telling me this story. Her message to never give up on your dreams, your abilities, yourself, and that talent has no expiration date come shining through. Also her determination to never let bullies define you, and if you are bullied to tell someone and not let them get power over you. We have all followed along with Susan from that mind-blowing day of her audiition on BGT, her continued thriumphs throughout the world as she has become a much loved international superstar, yet has remained true to herself and grounded in her roots an beliefs. Susan is one of a kind and what is good in a person. Susan is Susan. Thank God! We've never seen anyone like her, and will not see another in this lifetime. I loved the book and am sure I will reread it. Like Susan's singing, time stands still during this great read!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book 20 Oct 2010
I have really enjoyed reading this book,its funny ,sad, uplifting,and honest,Susan is a facinating person,I dont think anyone could have coped with all the attention that she has had in the last eighteen months,but by reading her book she explains how she has handled it all,
The part I enjoyed most was when she tells you about her childhood,it brought back many happy memories of my own childhood.
She tells her story with honesty and humour, I admire her very much,she is an inspiration ,to never give up,but it must have been very hard for her at times,thankfully,her life is now much better.
I will read this book over and over,It should be given to school children to read ,to let them see how bullying can cause such long lasting hurt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary and heart warming story
An extremely talented singer who has overcome personal difficulties in her life and triumphed over them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. V. S. Williams
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I like anything to do with Susan Boyle and I enjoyed reading her book.
I recommend this as a good read.
Published 2 months ago by Miss B Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
Published 2 months ago by LYN
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This book was bought for a relative for Christmas.She loves to read true stories .she enjoyed the book very much
Published 3 months ago by Linda Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars good insight
Excellent book whether you are a fan or not.The description of her early days and problems are stunning and prove just how strong she is to become the global star of today. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robbie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Woman I Was Born To Be Susan Boyle
The Woman I Was Born To Be
Susan Boyle, this book was bought as a gift so i haven't read it myself, so its hard to say
how good it is, but great price from amazon.
Published 4 months ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought this for my Mother-in-law as a Christmas gift. She recommended it so highly it has been passed around the famiily! Enjoyable and easy read.
Published 4 months ago by Katie Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Susan' story is epic - just goes to show how far someone with 'troubles' can go with the proper support - good for her!
Published 4 months ago by Frenchy
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Susan Boyle sounds a lovely person, she has had a few ups and downs, but she has come through amazingly. Her story was just Fantastic from beginning to end.
Published 4 months ago by merilyn deane
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Waiting for some eye ops so haven't read it yet but should I will enjoy it after the ops .
many thanks
Published 4 months ago by Frances Shepherd
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