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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The landmark memoir of a global music icon.

Sinéad O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of 21. Her 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.

O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it.

She has remained that way 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.

©2021 Sinéad O'Connor (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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I really enjoyed hearing more about Sineads life journey and experiences. Such an interesting woman!

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An amazing read

I was locked in and intrigued by Sinead's story from start to end. Her vulnerability is to be greatly admired. I now have a renewed respect and admiration for her and her music. I wish her much success with her future endeavours.

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Totally absorbing

I was absolutely transfixed by Sineads’ story and account of her life. Her voice is painfully truthful raw and uncensored. Her honesty and deeply insightful reckonings with the nature of family, abuse, artistic talents and her search for spiritual understanding touched me as did her music of the past decades.
She tells her story with humour and bluntness
I loved this book.
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A great insight into an often misunderstood genius

Sinead’s voice is so beautiful to listen to, she carries you away with stories of her abusive childhood, to becoming a star she did not want to be, to the children she bore and the men in her life. She talks at depth about her music but the most interesting parts are when she gives you an insight into her inner thoughts and feelings. At times, I felt the story was a little muddled but I feel like I now know part of this very misunderstood artist and woman.

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Engrossing read

Sinead downplays this book from the first minute, but I found it to be an engrossing, charming book. I can't be bothered going into loads of details, but Sinead is a one-off and doesn't hold anything back.
If you think she's a nutter, you're right. If you think she's a genius, a hellraiser, an uncompromising strong woman and a beautiful singer and writer, you're right too. After listening to this, you will know her a lot better. You will know yourself a bit better too.

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Loved it

I didn’t realise she was as funny as she is, I loved her but now I love her more. She is an amazing inspiration to women, and she taught me to be proud of being myself.

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Truly real

The most real thing I've listened to in a long time. Sinead has lived so many lives, and her stories made my heart both cry and sing. Thank you Sinead for sharing it with the world.

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  • 09-07-2021

a must for a fan so so for others


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1988 my friend introduces me to pink floyd. I think of him the coolest but then i introduced him to sinead and i become king. We had nothing to do except books and music. So i kind of had a long relationship with her, i idealized her.
The book leaves a lot not said. But it shows a glimpse into her early life, and how settling it is to finally have a good relationship with God Allah The one The kind Almighty.

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  • Mark Vieregge
  • 27-06-2021

great listen!

I really enjoyed the book and I'm vert glad she's narrating it herself. it gives to listener a completely different experience.

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  • Fiona M. Godfrey
  • 13-06-2021

highly recommended

loved this. 'twas like sitting at the kitchen table and hearing her tell entertaining stories about a unique and unconventional life, but way more; she reveals her self and her soul with honesty, vulnerability and humor. not literature, but high storytelling, as is the Irish tradition

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  • Enda Gallery
  • 06-06-2021

The honest and beautiful account of a hero of our time

I already loved Sinéad before reading but it was both heartbreaking and inspiring to hear the parts I knew nothing about and the details of the parts I did. I love her more for her story. It’s true to her integrity that reads it herself in that beautiful voice of hers. God bless her. I’m thankful she exists in our world.

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  • James Raymond
  • 02-06-2021

Honest, disturbing, endearing, soul searching.

It was a surprise that the author was the narrator and non the less detracting.
There were tears in my eyes in the first 5 minutes. Despite the negative media depictions of an unhinged angry person with massive chip on her shoulder with the inability to process thoughts and emotions further than an incoherent kaleidoscope of word salad; it is in fact a thoughtful honest account of her life that will shock, intrigue, endear and at times confirm what was suspected. Be sure to have plenty of time as it's very difficult to break away from. for those who have only bought the hard copy I suggest you buy both because to miss the narrative will rob you of the full flavor of this gem of a recount.

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  • Budpad
  • 03-06-2021

WOW !!

Only half way thru this book and I can’t turn it off. I’ve been a fan since the first album and shaved my head in 1991 when I got into music college singing one of her songs.
This is a must even if you’re not a massive fan. The story telling is like mindfulness and so relaxing. What a life this great woman has had and I thought I heard her songs before but I’m hearing them all over again with context.
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  • Craigy
  • 26-06-2021

didnt get any juice

book was ok, but didnt really learn anything new about her life that you wouldnt find on wikipedia or youtube. so im a bit disappointed to be honest. plus from 1992 to 2015 she said she cant remember that time of her life so there is nothing really in the book about this time which is quite a lot of life not to write about. on the whole sinead is a great narrator of the book and there are some bit i laught out loud too but i really wanted a bit more

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  • pennylope Pittstop
  • 08-06-2021

Beautifully told.

I was only really familiar with Nothing Compares to You but heard Sinead on Woman’s Hour and felt compelled to get this book. Not disappointed, is an understatement. Her voice and story telling is amazing and I loved every minute. An amazing human being, a wonderful story.

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  • suzanne maccallum
  • 13-06-2021

interesting insight to the real life

what a life. too much too young, but staggeringly strong-minded despite her youth and vulnerability. The hate she received after the JP stunt is reminiscent of the hate being levelled at so many young famous women today who don't play the societal expectations game. Her insight of psychiatric care was interesting and I'm guessing she could probably write an entire book on that alone. The inept medical care she received after her radical hysterectomy explains her recent publicised breakdown and shows that fame doesn't guarantee good care. A good listen, with a fair number of really engaging recollections of special meetings with some famous folk. I would recommend this to anyone interested in real people who dont sell out.

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  • Roisin Morgan
  • 09-06-2021

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gorgeous, honest, compelling and unapologetic. loved it! Very insightful view into the rollercoaster life of this amazing woman.

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  • GrimWeeper
  • 09-09-2021

A Fascinating (if occasionally Difficult) Bio

I have always been intrigued by Sinead O'Connor and I thought this could be an interesting book as a result. It didn't let me down. I won't spoil the story for people new to the book but the insights into her childhood were shocking (to me at least). That said I found the book lost it's way as it got past her twenties (and the fame). I feel Sinead wanted to set the record straight about certain parts of her more recent past and as a result wanted to put them into the story even though on the grander scale they were an anti-climax after the start of the book. It also goes into a breakdown of the key songs on her albums and the thought process and meaning behind each one. This is likely fascinating for her hardcore fans but I have to confess this was my least interesting part of the book for me. At times Sinead also seems to be 'thinking out loud' and recording her thoughts into the book. This can be a little bit disruptive to the flow and unfortunately doesn't add anything to the story (apart from possible a greater understanding of what goes in in her head). All in all I enjoyed the book and would like to thank Ms O'Connor for taking the time to write it.

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  • SB
  • 13-06-2021

Poignant, moving, inspiring and magnificent

Sinead O’Connor is quite simply a magnificent person. Her honesty is breathtaking and her genius is evident in the pages of this book. It reflects a person unashamedly able to express everything they are. We could learn a lot from Sinead O’Connor, she has been a visionary in many ways and with this book maybe encouraging us to all open up and let it all be there, the good with the bad, the soft with the raw. Human in and all it’s divinity shining through. Amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-2021

Best listen in a very long time

Once I started I couldn’t stop listening to the funny, honest, and at times hypnotic words of Sinnead. I laughed and I cried. What an engaging story and what a life.

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  • Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
  • 28-07-2021

Awesome

Loved this, and the reading by herself makes it all the more real and personal.

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