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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593066944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593066942
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,614 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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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Carol Clifton on 14 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Mistletoe on 16 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By julia trenholm on 14 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Taki on 11 Dec. 2010
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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 By 1susanfan on 24 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Marietta on 20 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Susan Boyle's book reads like Susan is in your living room talking with you. It is personal, funny, wise, brave and honest. You're taken first into her childhood world, the world of a large Catholic family in a small, poor Scottish village, but you end up on a huge stage with an 80 piece orchestra, in front of 10,000 people in Tokyo, Japan - the journey is heart-warming and heart-breaking - and not to be missed.

The press who fawned over her and then turned on her. The family who struggled to adapt to the changes. The fears Susan faced and still faces today............

Susan's determination to turn 'disability' into 'ability' keeps her going, along with her Faith in God, her family, and the people who help her most along the way. You'll meet them all - but the person you'll never forget - is Susan Boyle.

Highly recommended - a Must Read.
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