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The extraordinary personal story of the Scottish woman who became a global superstar overnight

One year ago, a modest middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain’s Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world.

From singing karaoke in local pubs to live performance with an eighty-piece orchestra in Japan’s legendary Budokan Arena and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar.

This astonishing transformation has not always been easy for Susan, faced with all the trappings of celebrity, but in the whirlwind of attention and expectation, she has always found calm and clarity in music. Susan was born to sing.

Now, for the first time, Susan tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude and an unfailing sense of humour.

‘When I strutted onto the stage for that audition, I was a scared wee lassie, still grieving for my mother, not caring how I looked. I think I’ve grown up a lot in the last year, become more of a lady, and I’m not so frightened anymore. I’m telling my story to try and show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that you shouldn’t just look at the label – you must look at the whole person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I hope that it will show that dreams are not impossible, if you’ve got courage and a willingness to go on no matter what the circumstances.’

Reviews

Sweet... incredibly touching

Observer

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 refreshing revelatory and spirit-moving memoir which reads as beautifully as she sings...

Irish Independent

Hard to put down

The Sunday Times

A revealing portrait of an often misunderstood woman

OK!

Movingly told

The Times

Hard to put down

The Sunday Times

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  • Paperback

    9780552163675

    May 2, 2011

    Corgi

    400 pages

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  • Audio Book

    9781846572845

    November 1, 2010

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  • EBook

    9781409045731

    October 14, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    400 pages

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