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  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780099511021
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $28.00


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An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

‘An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU’VE HEARD.’ – Bill Gates

A Book of the Decade, 2010-2020 (Independent)________________________
Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. 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 hospitals.

As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.

· From one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people of 2019
· Shortlisted for the 2018 BAMB Readers' Awards
· Recommended as a summer read by Barack Obama, Antony Beevor, India Knight, Blake Morrison and Nina Stibbe

  • Pub date: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780099511021
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $28.00

About the Author

Tara Westover

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.

Praise for Educated

“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

“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

“[A] fascinating, jaw-dropping memoir”

Nina Stibbe, Observer

“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

“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

“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU’VE HEARD. ”

Bill Gates

“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

“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

“[An] astonishing autobiography”

Antony Beevor

“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

“Tragic and uplifting in equal measure”

Irish Tatler

“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

“Incredibly moving and inspiring.”

Reese Witherspoon

“Marvellous. There is no feeling like discovering a young writer who is springing up fully armed with so much talent”

Stephen Fry

“Absolutely superb . . . the last 100 pages were so gripping I could hardly breathe”

Sophie Hannah

“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

“Unflinching and fascinating”

Sarah Manning, Red

“An extraordinary story, beautifully told.”

Louise O'Neill

“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

“Extraordinary, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting”

Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley

“This ferociously intelligent memoir is nevertheless full of kindness and insight. In looking beyond the triumphant point where many memoirs would finish, it achieves something far more powerful: Westover demonstrates that leaving a family is not the work of a moment but of a lifetime. Unflinching in confronting the cost of self-preservation, this book is beautiful in its bravery.”

Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK

“A powerful, jaw dropper of a book”


“A book that I did splits over”

Mandy Patinkin

“A striking story, beautifully told. Tara is an incredible new talent”

Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of A Manual for Heartache

“A punch to the gut, a slow burn, a savage indictment, a love letter: Educated somehow contrives to be all these things at once. Tara Westover guides us through the extraordinary Western landscape of her coming of age, and in clear, tender prose makes us feel what she felt. We give ourselves over to her telling, even when she takes us to the very darkest places a family can dwell. Rarely have I read a book that made me so uncomfortable, so enraged, and at the same time so utterly, entirely absorbed. I loved this book, and this woman.”

Claire Dederer

“This remarkable memoir – one of the best I've ever read – is my kind of miracle. The book made me cringe, cry out, cover my eyes, shake with anger, beam with pride, and appreciate the trials that led to my own education. Tara's story will find a place alongside modern classic memoirs, like Wild and The Glass Castle. It's that special”

Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire

“Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspirational – I’ve never read anything like this. Educated tells the story of a young girl's escape from violence and emotional prison. It is about the love of family and the pain of family both, the ferocity of the human spirit, and the power of education to change lives. Educated is one of the best books, and Westover one of the most gifted writers, that I've read in a very long time”

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

“Powerful, moving, brave, naked and completely at home in its form . . . This is a daughter’s story of how she grew into herself and comes to understand her home.”

Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere But Here

“An incredible memoir of triumph over seemingly endless adversity. The author's ability to write about her experiences in a clear-eyed, nonjudgmental way makes her story a pleasure to read. A study in the power and wonder of resilience”

Cea Sunrise Person

“Jaw-dropping and so inspiring, everyone should read this book.”


“Educated is a wise and deep reflection about surviving one’s family. I bow down to Tara Westover, not only for her marvelous, sentence-by-sentence craftsmanship but also for making sense and meaning from a confounding and hair-raising childhood. This is memoir at its best”

Kelly Corrigan

“Educated is so powerful, so haunting . . . [Westover’s] finely measured, beautifully rhythmic prose conveys the pain of trying to reconcile herself with being estranged from her parents, no matter how delusional they might be. Rejecting any form of binary thinking, she writes with a humaneness that comes partly from having suffered, and the book that grew out of that suffering is a rare and unexpected gift”

The Irish Independent

“Tara Westover’s exhilarating coming of age story has only just come out and it’s already a classic … it leaves us readers dazzled and humbled in equal measure”

Culture Whisper, Best New Memoirs of 2018

“An extraordinary tale”

Red Magazine

“Totally unputdownable”

Marissa Carter, Irish Independent


Woman & Home

“A wonderful read”

Church Times

“A beautifully written, lyrical memoir packed full of incident and well worth a read”

The Learning Spy

“A beautifully written account…fit to stand alongside the great modern memoirs.”

Sunday Times

“It’s amazing. Couldn’t recommend it enough”

Claudia Winkleman, Stellar Magazine

“A brilliant memoir”

Lily Cole, The Times

“Amazing and brilliant.”

i Paper, Nina Stibbe

“Vivid evocation of a truly terrifying childhood”

New Statesman

“Unflinching and fascinating. Educated was one of 2018's standout memoirs.”


“It's extraordinary and shines a light on the Mormon way of life ... fascinating.”

Rick Edwards, The Sun

“Triumphing over your background like spring triumphs over winter is always fertile territory for memoir. Perhaps the most exciting recently is Tara Westover’s Educated; she had a home life that is frankly astonishing, and how she ends up doing a master’s at Cambridge will make your heart soar.’”

Jenny Colgan, Guardian

“Jaw-dropping and so inspiring, everyone should read this book”


“Tara's journey as she realises her burning desire to know more about the world and escape the influence of her domineering father and brother is a true inspiration.”


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