Learning to Think.: A memoir about hardship, education, hellfire, family, finding a way to break free (Hardback)
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Learning to Think.: A memoir about hardship, education, hellfire, family, finding a way to break free (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 07/03/2024
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Waterstones Says

Both an emotionally raw account of living on the breadline and a heartfelt tribute to the empowering qualities of literature, King's moving and courageous memoir chronicles her inspiring escape from poverty on a Birmingham council estate.

When you have nothing, you cling to whatever gives you hope. Put yourself in Tracy King's shoes. Growing up in an ordinary council estate outside Birmingham; a house filled with creativity, curiosity and love, but marked by her father's alcoholism and her mother's agoraphobia.

By the time she turns twelve her father has been killed, her sister taken into care and her mother ensnared by the promises of born-again Christianity. This isn't the stuff of cult documentaries; this is the story of an ordinary family trapped in a broken system. It's a story that could happen to anyone without the tools to transform their circumstances. And it's the story of how Tracy found her way out.

A shocking, inspiring and ultimately hopeful memoir that holds up a mirror to the everyday realities of living in poverty, it is also a testament to the power of books and to learning to question our world.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857527431
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 439 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An astonishing account of a father’s violent death, exorcism and religious superstition….Learning to Think is, in many ways, a book about demons: the addiction, violence, mental health struggles and, yes, superstition, that so often accompany poverty. But it’s also the story of an extraordinary family, full of energy and joie de vivre. It’s a story that brims with life and hard-won hope… Well structured and punchily told. - Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

A memoir you read with the same breathlessness as you read the most gripping of novels ... An account of a family both torn apart and trapped by a broken system. A story of poverty and hardship, religion and superstition, but also an incredibly hopeful tale of how King got out of it. - i paper

An earth-shattering, hopeful memoir. - Woman’s Own

Reflective and compassionate, King gently reminds of the complex ways poverty wreaks havoc on people's lives. - Woman & Home

A powerful depiction of a challenged but enterprising, intelligent and resilient family. - Times Literary Supplement

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“A remarkable tale of an intensely personal life”

This is an intensely personal memoir about Tracy's life mostly relating to when she was younger, mostly in her teens. It is remarkable for its openness and, under the circumstances its balance. There is a... More

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“An honest and powerful story of determination”

This is a book with an unusual opening chapter in that the author Tracy King, aged 12, is being exorcised of demons by two male members of her church. It seems to work and then she introduces the reader is introduced... More

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“Remarkable and intense memoir”

This is a remarkable and intense memoir written by Tracy King. I’m finding it very difficult to summarise as the book touches on so much. It is essentially about King’s life growing up on a council estate not far from... More

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