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The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story Hardcover – Oct 12 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Sept. 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451609256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451609257
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A refreshing revelatory and spirit-moving memoir which reads as beautifully as she sings..." Irish Independent "A heartwarming story and a reminder that in the crazy world of showbiz, anything is possible ... one of the most incredible showbiz tales of our time" Heat "A revealing portrait of an often misunderstood woman" OK! "Movingly told" The Times "Hard to put down" The Sunday Times

About the Author

Susan Boyle was born, and still lives, in Blackburn, West Lothian. She shot to global fame on April 11, 2009, when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les MisÉrables. This is her first book.

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By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2010
Format: Hardcover
On April 1st, 2009 Susan Boyle spent a lonely birthday in her West Lothian home in Scotland. There were no cards, no presents, no parties, no phone calls with people singing happy birthday. Nope, for Susan, it really wasn't a "birthday" but just any other ordinary day.

On April 1, 2010 Susan Boyle was known around the world!! She had become an overnight sensation singing with the voice of an angel. The range, the pitch and notes this woman can hit literally leave you quaking in your boots. You are literally awed, stuptified, your mouth won't move and all you can do is cry tears that come from the very innermost, deepest parts of your soul. Wow! What a difference a year can make!!!!

Susan's autobiography is HER story and she tells it well. People are so quick to judge others who are not like themselves but I'm here to tell you, this woman is one smart cookie, a heck of a lot smarter than many folks would have given her credit for. Her story is touching, happy, sad and will make you laugh, shake your head, cry, want to jump up and down and might even propel you to try the 'Susan wiggle', it worked for me! LOL

The quilt pictured in the book..."I" was one of those quilters and my "Angel" square is in the top RIGHT corner looking at the photo and I couldn't be prouder as I like to consider myself Susan's number one fan in Canada!!!

Susan, congratulations on your book and a story well told. You deserve all the riches and blessings this world has to give you.
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Susan Boyle's book, The Woman I Was Born To Be, reads like Susan is in your living room talking with you. It is personal, funny, wise, brave and honest. You're taken first into her childhood world, the world of a large Catholic family in a small, poor Scottish village, but you end up on a huge stage with an 80 piece orchestra, in front of 10,000 people in Tokyo, Japan - the journey is heart-warming and heart-breaking - and not to be missed.

The press who fawned over her and then turned on her. The family who struggled to adapt to the changes. The fears Susan faced and still faces today............

Susan's determination to turn 'disability' into 'ability' keeps her going, along with her Faith in God, her family, and the people who help her most along the way. You'll meet them all - but the person you'll never forget - is Susan Boyle.

Highly recommended - a Must Read.
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THE WOMAN I WAS BORN TO BE reviewed by CanadianBill

On April 1, 2009, Susan Boyle's 48th birthday came and went without notice. Susan had no money, there was no party, no cards, no anything. It was just another day.

On April 1, 2010 Susan Boyle stood in the Famous Nippon Budokan in Tokyo Japan, in front of an 80 piece orchestra with which she had just sung several songs. She was wearing a diamond and gold bracelet, a gift from Simon Cowell and a beautiful gown designed especially for her. Susan stood there and listened as the 10,000 strong audience sang Happy Birthday while the orchestra played. In the audience were members from her fan site that had travelled from all over the globe just to hear her sing.

The difference a year makes! With humor, humility, wit and great honesty, Susan Boyle shares her incredible journey. The tears and the fears are there - but so too are the joys and the triumphs.

Reading Susan's story, one finally understands how her world was turned so upside down in one brief moment. Instant worldwide fame. The reader can't help but suffer with her as the press beseiges her unrelentingly and then turns on her at the most challenging time in her life - the week leading up to the BGT Final.

In the book, perhaps her former singing teacher and now long-time friend, Fred O'Neil says it best: "Susan Boyle is not an 'ordinary woman'. She is an extraordinary person who's got a different kind of voice and a different personality. She is not like any other person in the world."

I laughed out loud. And I wept. Courage is not being without fear. Courage is being afraid but going on anyway.

Susan Boyle's story is a story of courage.
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Reading Susan Boyle's autobiography made me wish that I had been able to help defend her from all the pain she has had in her life; she seems to have this sort of effect on people. Here she describes her story from an early age when, as she says, she was bullied and unloved, and shows how she has developed into the beautiful, intelligent woman she now is, with special emphasis on the past year and a half. Susan tells how big a part music has played in her life and how she used her singing as a source of comfort in times of distress. Still fearful at times, still somewhat lacking in confidence, but nonetheless, growing stronger with each new challenge, Susan describes her new life and her love for her fans. And they are there in their thousands, supporting and loving her in return. Reading The Woman I Was Born To Be is like hearing the story in Susan's own voice; her sense of humour, her hearty laugh, her unique and glorious voice, her strong religious convictions, and her courageous quest for recognition are all there. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story of struggle against adversity and a happy ending.
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