Reviews

  • "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"

    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"

    Guardian
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Westover has a story to tell that shouldn't be ignored"

    The Guardian
  • "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
  • "A shocking and powerfully moving memoir"

    Daily Express
  • "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