Tara Westover was born in rural Idaho. She studied history at Brigham Young University and upon graduation was awarded a Gates Cambridge Fellowship to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she pursued an MPhil in intellectual history and political thought. She received her PhD in the same subject from Cambridge in 2014. 


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An enlightening tale

Bill Gates
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This memoir is a dazzling example of what you can achieve if you set your mind to something... Tara's story is an inspirational, truly unique coming-of-age tale.

BBC News
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It is also the story of a young woman who showed the most remarkable resilience in the face of extreme poverty, rigid religious beliefs, violence and family betrayals. It is a beautifully written account of how she grasps the sheer enormity of the world — and struggles to find her own place within it. The result is a memoir that is fit to stand alongside classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage, Andrea Ashworth and Patricia Lockwood.

The Sunday Times
on Educated

Tara Westover grew up in a fundamentalist Mormon family in rural Idaho with no healthcare, no education and no hope. But Westover wanted more out of life and eventually attended Harvard and Cambridge. This memoir about her struggle for self-invention is beautifully written and will appeal to fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Sarra Manning
Red Magazine on Educated