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  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781844885428
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99


An intimate and revelatory memoir from the iconic, acclaimed singer-songwriter

Sinéad O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her landmark recording of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television. Unapologetic and impossible to ignore, she called out hypocrisy wherever she saw it, and has done so for three decades. Now, in Rememberings, O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music.

Rememberings is intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and full of hard-won insights. It is a unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist.

  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781844885428
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead Marie Bernadette O'Connor was born in Dublin in 1966. Her debut solo album, The Lion and the Cobra, was released in 1987 and has gone on to sell over 2.5 million copies. Her second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, featured the number one hit single 'Nothing Compares 2 U' and went to number one in nine countries, selling over 7 million copies. Since then she has released nine albums, most recently 2007's Theology, and has collaborated with artists like Shane MacGowan, U2, Massive Attack and Ian Brown. Her first and only autobiography will be published in October 2009.

Praise for Rememberings

Inspiring, liberating, hilarious and fascinating

Irish Times

So good, you'll want to read it twice

Sunday Independent

Beautifully observed . . . lyrical, funny and anguished


It is a soul-bearing, brutally honest account of an extraordinary life

BBC Online

Fantastic . . . the way it's written is f**kin' beautiful . . . go out and get it

Blindboy Boatclub

Her voice on the page is as fearless, riveting and unforgettable as her voice in song. The cadence alone is hypnotic, her story essential. Rememberings is a must-read

Michael Stipe

Devastating, wise, hilarious and original

Róisín Ingle

A terrific book . . . absolutely brilliant

Brendan O'Connor

O'Connor gets you onside so completely with her direct narrative, you feel you could be in the same room as her

Sunday Times

Rememberings offers O'Connor's very personal version of events, a tale of maternal and institutional abuse that might be a misery memoir, if it weren't related with such eccentric charm and cheery fortitude

Daily Telegraph

From wild youth to troubled adulthood, this memoir is a blast of chaos


Utterly brilliant

Paul Howard

Astonishing. Staggering

Rob Delaney

Superb . . . fantastic

Irish Daily Star

Beautifully written


Honest and illuminating

Irish Independent

Rememberings is an electrifying reminder of the importance of [O'Connor's] voice

Business Post

Rememberings is both a searing critique of the exploitation of women in entertainment and a riposte to those who have misrepresented her


O'Connor brings everything to this memoir

Financial Times



Astonishingly good, wise and hilarious

Louise Nealon

Candid, open-hearted . . . a lot of self-deprecation, a lot of laughs, and a measure of honesty that would put most of us to shame