An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.
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.
"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 dazzling example of what you can achieve if you set your mind to something...an inspirational, truly unique coming-of-age tale" * BBC Ones to Watch in 2018 *
"[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 *
"Westover has a story to tell that shouldn't be ignored" * The 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 *