Learning to Think

Learning to Think A Broken System Kept Her Trapped, Education Helped Her Break Free

Hardback (07 Mar 2024)

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Tracy King's memoir is heartbreaking and hopeful...An incredible true story of survival and forgiveness.' TIM MINCHIN

'Raw and unflinching.' CAROLINE CRIADO PEREZ


'A brilliant writer.' ADAM KAY

'Impossible not to read in one sitting.' - Stylist, Best books for 2024

'What would you do if you began to suspect the events of your childhood didn't happen as you remembered them? In this evocative memoir, Tracy King confronts the stories we all tell ourselves in order to live.' HELEN LEWIS


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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.

About the Publisher

Doubleday

Doubleday

Doubleday is an imprint of Transworld Publishers and publishes bestselling authors such as Bill Bryson, Joanne Harris, Terry Pratchett and Kate Atkinson in hardback.

Book information

ISBN: 9780857527431
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Doubleday
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.569092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 440g
Height: 220mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 38mm