Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 01/11/2018
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Bookseller Reviews

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So many moments of this memoir had me exclaim “WHAT!?” to an empty room. Genuinely harrowing, shocking and inspirational.
Autumn Spayne
This is quite simply the best autobiography I have ever read. Think Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle then times it by 100. I couldn't put it down, dinner ... READ MORE
Sarah E
Quietly Impactful
“I had begun to understand that we had lent our voices to a discourse whose sole purpose was to dehumanise and brutalise others - because nurturing that di... READ MORE
Caroline at Leamington Spa
a fascinating look into reclusive community
I've read some memoirs but this one is bonkers. Westover shares how she left her rural upbringing of homeschool and hard labour and went on to study at Cam... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple
An outstanding memoir of a caliber rarely found. I will be highly recommending to my fellow book lovers.
Sarah in Wolverhampton


Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019 On the highway below, the school bus rolls past without stopping. I am only seven, but I understand that it is this fact, more than any other, that makes my family different: we do not go to school. Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd travelled too far. If there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099511021
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 277g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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I don't know if I could say that I enjoyed this book - it was too painful to read at times, and I found myself crying out in horror at some of the experien... READ MORE
Nicki Swart
Couldn't put it down!
Tara's story is incredible. Fantastic writer to boot. Couldn't put it down!
ellie newton
Inspiring and utterly wonderful
This is a simply stunning narrative of overcoming adversity and the immense power and drive an education can provide. Westover tells the story of her famil... READ MORE
Laura at Harrogate
Challenging but very worthwhile
This was a fascinating autobiographical insight into the Mormon lifestyle, hopefully of a bigone era, with many surprising and shocking twists and turns. ... READ MORE
Fascinating Memoir
Both fascinating and horrifying memoir by Tara Westover. A fascinating tale of a young woman who manages to get an education despite her family and who str... READ MORE
Dana Farren
Incredible, intelligent and insightful
I picked up this book because it featured in Barack Obama's summer reading list last year. I've just finished it and I'm so glad I came across Obama's reco... READ MORE
Naomi at Chester
A gripping book. I am full of admiration for Tara Westover, for the life she lead in her youth and the life she has managed to carve out for herself in la... READ MORE
What a book!
Tara Westover's story really had me gripped from start to finish, which I find fairly rare for a book to do. Reading about her upbringing in an extremely c... READ MORE
Brave personal history
Enjoyed reading this & finding out more about the Mormon experience whilst bearing in mind her father was also experiencing a harrowing illness which steal... READ MORE
Raw, emotional, heartbreaking - but ultimately triumph & renewal
Born into a fundamentalist Mormon family in rural Idaho, Tara had an unconventional childhood. Her father believed strongly in “prepping” for the end of th... READ MORE
Memorable and impactful
This was an all absorbing read. I was surprised at how grim some of the content was but it only painted the truth of Tara’s life and experiences. The journ... READ MORE
Micky - bookphenomena
What a wonderful book. What an amazing woman. Despite the sad and brutal parts I found it hard to be parted from the book. An astonishing read. Highly ... READ MORE
Carol Fox
Loved it
Great story well told which had me telling everyone to read it
Ciaran Hudson
a stunning read
“Learning in our family was entirely self-directed: you could learn anything you could teach yourself, after your work was done. Some of us were more disci... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
Best book I've read this year!
Remarkable and inspiring, this true story speaks of a cultish Mormon upbringing and a little girl's fight to break out of the dictatorship her father has o... READ MORE
Bryony Smith
stranger than fiction
No other book will make you appreciate education more than a book called EDUCATED. Tara Westover hasn't had the education most fortunate people have had. S... READ MORE
K Chilvers
Overrated book
It was extremely horrible to read this book. Hard to image people enjoying it. All the detailed descriptions of domestic violence. The author just kept on ... READ MORE
Yibo Zeng