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Written with a searing honesty and published for the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, My Amy is an evocative portrait of unbreakable lifelong friendship - and a devastating study into fame, addiction and self-sabotage.

Only one person knows what really happened to Amy, other than Amy herself. He is Tyler James, Amy’s best friend from the age of 13. They met at stage school as two insecure outsiders, formed an instant connection and lived together from their late teenage years right up until the day she died, aged just 27.

Tyler was there by her side through it all. From their carefree early years touring together to the creation of the multiple Grammy-winning Back to Black, which she wrote on their kitchen floor. From her volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil through her escalating addictions, self-harm and eating disorders as the toxic nature of fame warped Amy’s reality. For the last three years of her life, Tyler was with her every day when she’d beaten drugs and was close to beating alcoholism, too. He also knew better than anyone the real Amy Winehouse who the tabloid-reading public rarely saw - the hilarious, uncompromising force-of-nature busy taking care of everyone else.

We all think we know what happened to Amy Winehouse, but we don’t. This definitive insider’s story tells us all, finally, the truth.

©2021 Tyler James (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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"Heartbreaking." (The Times)

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A MUST FOR ALL FANS OF AMY WINEHOUSE'S!

Well Spoken & Great To Hear From Her BBF! He Has A Better View Of The Real Amy Compared To Her Dad (Author Of The Other Book Available About Amy!)

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Brilliant, intense & truely heartbreaking

This was a brilliant read, well told and full of highs and lows. Whilst tragic and heartbreaking, I’m really glad Tyler shared these memories.

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  • Myriamb8
  • 13-06-2021

Hard-hitting, honest book with great narration

First, I love it when authors narrate their own books, makes such a difference listening to biographical material from the actual person. Tyler's narration is immediate, engaging and personal. It's quite heartbreaking at the end of the book.
I'm actually more of a fan of Tyler James than Amy Winehouse, from his time on The Voice. I always got a sense that he was quite a traumatised soul but a very kind, generous person - though very little was known about him.
This book confirmed my initial impressions, and answered many old questions I thought I'd never get answers to. This could easily have been a book written objectively about his time with Amy, but instead it's deeply personal, brutally honest, and not very flattering to himself on many occasions.
I thought the writing was excellent, with very good pacing and a good structure, and it never gets boring (though the subject matter is by nature quite harrowing). The vocabulary is well chosen, evocative and never lazy.
I was also impressed that Tyler doesn't do much name-dropping or slagging off of other people. He's just telling his story with as few gratuitous references to others as possible. He's not very judgmental of others, and understandably keeps his remarks to the subject at hand.
I thought there was a good dose of wisdom throughout, really mature and evolved thinking. The book isn't just about Amy, it's also a study of the pitfalls of the music industry and, most of all, addiction.
A brave book.

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  • T. Graham
  • 26-06-2021

inevitable but tragic

I loved this book.Tyler went through hell himself but still looked after his best friend every day. It shows that drug and alcohol addiction is not a lifestyle choice but an illness. Amy did not have the strength of mind or body to get herself out of this horrendous situation. It did not help that everyone around her was suffering too.
And the people responsible for looking out for her let her down so badly.
The record industry needs to take a long hard look at itself. It's very much got blood on it's hands.

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  • Miss J.
  • 24-06-2021

A story of true love and friendship

Laughed, cried, totally gripped from start to finish! An emotional and honest account of true love, friendship and life.

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  • 19-06-2021

Love story

Tyler James you are an amazing man you transported back to when Amy was here, I listened to this book within 5 days. I was born and raised in the East End I’m so familiar with many things you mentioned. Like you my soulmate is a girl. Thank you for sharing your story, of what addiction is like and what love is. This book will shock you, make you cry and make you laugh. Get yourself a copy. Ricardo x

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  • Kim Lawless
  • 24-09-2021

I laughed and cried

Being a proper East Ender myself (Stepney), I could tell that Tyler spoke from his heart and I totally believed every word.

I could sense at times that he held back when commenting about Amy’s family, and I also sensed what a nervous and insecure soul he his.

My daughter is called Amy and I call her Aim, so it really resonated with me when he’d quote conversations they had with him calling her Aim.

I was dreading it getting to the chapter when when Amy passed over. The emotion in Tyler’s voice was heartbreaking and I sobbed.

Thanks Tyler and team, this book is amazing. Oddly enough, I knew in my heart that there wasn’t a nasty side to Amy, so, I’m glad you made that clear.

Ps. Tyler… you really should get into acting, I could listen to you all day.

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  • Mrs Fire
  • 21-09-2021

Open and honest

Raw, honest and heartfelt. The best autobiography/biography I've ever heard. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • 12-09-2021

True friends

Tyler read and wrote this with so much love and feeling. It was truly a remarkable account of true friendship and love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-2021

Amazing

😍😭 a very sad and funny book spoken from the heart. Thank you for the honesty.

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  • Philippa
  • 27-08-2021

Best narration of any audiobook I have listened to.

This is a beautiful book. A love story. A very tragic love story. The reading performance is brilliant- so much emotion, compelling. So brave to tell this story. It is a wonderful tribute to an amazing talent.

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  • Tracey-ann
  • 26-08-2021

Just beautiful

The most emotive book I have read in a long time . Tyler James narrates his personal journey with Amy with honesty brutality love and courage I felt everything you felt in the words that you spoke. A must read.

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