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Educated: The international bestselling memoir Paperback – 1 November 2018

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Educated, in showing us the unstoppable power of a young woman determined to make her own decisions and find her own way, is an inspiring and important tale for our times. I am still cheering her on -- Rebecca Stott, award winning author of THE DAYS OF RAIN Tara Westover's beautifully written memoir shines a light on a part of our country that we too often overlook. Her powerful tale-of trying to find a place for herself in the world, without losing her connection to her family or her beloved home-deserves to be widely read. My Mamaw would have been rooting for Tara. -- J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy Absolutely superb . . . the last 100 pages were so gripping I could hardly breathe -- Sophie Hannah Marvellous. There is no feeling like discovering a young writer who is springing up fully armed with so much talent -- Stephen Fry What comes through is Tara's grit, determination and instinctive sense that somewhere within education lies her redemption ... There is pain and adversity in this heart-wrenching memoir but ultimately what Tara leaves us with is hope * Sunday Express * A shocking and powerfully moving memoir * Daily Express * This fiercely intelligent memoir is a fascinating and compassionate view of another world and the author's struggle to both escape from and understand it as she heads out into the world * The Pool, Ones to Watch in 2018 * Westover has a story to tell that shouldn't be ignored * The Guardian * Educated is an unflinching account of love and brutality, of the strength of blood ties and the power of imagination, and of a young woman whose intellect, self-knowledge and courage illuminate every page. There are passages so painfully vivid that they sear themselves into the memory, yet Westover is never prurient or punitive: even when writing from the depths, she does so with compassion and grace. Both the book and its writer are remarkable in every respect -- Sarah Perry, bestselling author of THE ESSEX SERPENT Educated is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. What a writer, what a thinker and what a gift for the rest of us to be able to read her story. Unbelievably moving and profoundly thought-provoking. -- Elizabeth Day An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education * Mail on Sunday, 2018 Cultural Highlights * Heartbreaking in its honesty...[an] intelligent and powerful memoir * Literary Review * [An] astonishing autobiography -- Antony Beevor This memoir [is] one of the wisest accounts of family love and betrayal that I've read * Mail on Sunday * 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 * An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU'VE HEARD. -- Bill Gates Brilliantly recounts her journey towards knowledge and enlightenment -- Blake Morrison * Guardian * [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 * [A] fascinating, jaw-dropping memoir -- Nina Stibbe * Observer * 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 *

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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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