Educated: The international bestselling memoir Paperback – 1 Nov 2018
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"A memoir to stand alongside classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage . . . a compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination" (Sunday Times)
"[A] fascinating, jaw-dropping memoir" (Nina Stibbe Observer)
"[A] superb memoir… Westover’s journey from a remote corner of the American west to one of the world’s grandest seats of learning is extraordinary . . . Her story, of fighting to be herself, is as old as the hills she came from, but Westover gives us such a fresh, absorbing take that it deserves to bring her own private Idaho into the bestseller lists, book groups and, eventually, cinemas." (The Times)
"Brilliantly recounts her journey towards knowledge and enlightenment" (Blake Morrison Guardian)
"An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU’VE HEARD." (Bill Gates)
"Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote described in tidy prose attests. That someone who grew up in her circumstances could achieve as much as she has is astonishing . . . The central tension she wrestles with throughout her book is how to be true to herself without alienating her family. Her upbringing was extraordinary, but that struggle is not." (The Economist)
"This memoir [is] one of the wisest accounts of family love and betrayal that I’ve read" (Mail on Sunday)
"[An] astonishing autobiography" (Antony Beevor)
"Heartbreaking in its honesty...[an] intelligent and powerful memoir" (Literary Review)
"An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education" (Mail on Sunday, 2018 Cultural Highlights)
About the Author
Tara Westover was born in rural Idaho. She studied history at Brigham Young University and upon graduation was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil in intellectual history from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and a PhD in the same subject in 2014.
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self-pitying and self- absorbed. This one is not. The author gives a balanced picture of her troubled family,in which madness is combined with ingenuity, intelligence and grit, and of the wider Mormon community in which she grew up. It provides a fascinating insight into the complex effects of mental illness on family relationships and the individual. It is also a moving story of one individual's successful struggle to overcome those effects and live a satisfying life.
I read a review in a broadsheet that mentioned Westover’s author’s voice being distant and a little cold. I didn’t feel this at all. I felt it was all the more powerful for not being doused in flowery descriptions. It was clear and real and honest.
I like the references to how reliable a storyteller is, how our memories differ and how, in real life we have to find a way of weaving varying recollections to find a truth.
It’s an anthem to the power of education and knowledge. Fascinating and incredibly readable. The numerous accidents felt like the tense moments in an episode of Casualty. You know whenever there’s a scene with a tractor that something horrific is going to happen.
It's a 4 for now but more of a 4.5..
A powerful and gripping read which makes you feel grateful for your own childhood.
I can’t believe Tara has achieved so much after the years with her dysfunctional family; her accident prone father, his radical beliefs, her evil older brother Shawn and her mentally scarred mother.
I loved how Tara’s quest to learn never went away, it kept encouraging her to look outside the farm and the mountain.
I got used to her father’s odd ways, but what I did struggle with was her older brother Shawn and the things he did to Tara.
I don’t normally read memoirs but I am glad I did with this.
This is a story about relationships and the power our parents and siblings have over us, the power to elevate and to destroy. I felt the author handled the unreliability of memories with such grace and honesty. Her pain and resilience under extreme circumstances, (although to her they were fairly normal) is depicted with real appreciation for the individual characters and what each has suffered and how that experience ultimately elicites their responses.