• "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