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Your Own Kind of Girl

A Memoir
Narrated by: Clare Bowditch
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning singer and actress Clare Bowditch confronts her inner critic in this no-holds-barred memoir.  

This is the story I promised myself, aged 21, that I would one day be brave enough - and well enough - to write.

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real life' begins only once you're thin or beautiful, that good things happen only to other people.  

Your Own Kind of Girl reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion and tells how these forces shaped Clare's life for better and for worse. This is a heartbreaking, wise and at times playful memoir. Clare's own story told raw and as it happened. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems.  

With startling candour, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who's ever done battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power - and wants to pass it on. 

Happiness, we discover, is possible only when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves. 

©2019 Clare Bowditch (P)2019 Story Baker Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The words that kept coming to me over and over again as I read this book were authenticity and decency. Clare Bowditch made me feel how wonderful and difficult and amazing it is to be a human." (Leigh Sales)  

"Brutal at times but funny as f**k. This book will change a lot of lives for the better." (Bernard Fanning)  

"Reading this book felt as intimate as having a long, heart-breakingly vulnerable yet hilarious conversation with Clare by a fire with wine in hand. It is a celebration of the human struggle, how we can learn to befriend (and say "f**k off" to) our demons, and ultimately write our own story. There is so much hope in this book." (Missy Higgins)    

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This book is for EVERYONE who loves a WOMAN

Bowditch bravely shares the “how come she?” that drives all of us inside. She deep dives into a big beautiful life and shares the things that resonate with daughters, girls, sisters, friends, mothers, wives, partners...and by laying it all out there, and seeing the sparkle in the darkest corners of her life, she gives all WOMEN hope and courage to do the same. She owns her life whole heartedly so her readers leave the last minutes bravely dreaming of doing the same. Just imagine how wild her fiction would be?

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Audio book of the year!

An amazing life gives birth to an amazing book. A wonderful read, enhanced by an audio book edition packed with a treasure trove of delightful aural bonuses.

As if hearing Clare herself reading her entire story wasn’t enough, her gorgeous Mum Maria makes a beautiful appearance and then there’s the privilege of hearing sound bites from vintage cassette recordings of a very young Clare Bowditch. Topped with songs that illuminate each chapter, it’s a glorious listening experience, a story deep with emotion and heartbreak, highlighted with laughs and success.

My pleasure has been well and truely had.

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Your own can of girl.

Life affirming, stigma dissolving, heart warming. I can’t recommend this beautiful audio book enough . Left me feeling a little bit braver to step out my front door🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Beautiful story, beautifully read. ♥️

I loved this book so much. I loved listening to Clare read it even more. I cried and I cheered for her all the way. Thank you for sharing your story Clare.

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Beautiful

Beautifully written and spoken with Clare's authenticity and warmth shining through with the added delight of her singing snippets of her songs. At times heart wrenching but always hopeful and full of love.

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Raw, funny and deeply human

Listening to this book was like sitting down for a cup of tea with Clare. Her honesty about her struggles, combined with her obvious humour and ability to see the best and funniest in life, made it such a pleasure to listen to this book.

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Incredible.

This book saved my life.
Hilarious, poignant, emotional and truthful. A book that you didn’t know you needed until you start reading.
Knowing that “Frank” is something that can be tamed had given me light.
Everyone should read this, even just for the fact that Clare can truly write.

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Raw, beautiful, funny story; delightful listening

If you've ever wrestled with mental health, this raw and honest account is for you

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And There it is ... my life

This book felt like a warm hug, the sad, the happy, the anxious and unknowing. All the elements that have filled and haunted my own life. Absolutely worth every spare moment. You are an inspiration Clare .. Thankyou

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Must listen!

Stunning...I preordered the book and read it in 2 days but then I just had to hear you tell your story and the little bits of singing, giggles, sighs and your Mum 😊
Love it and will treasure this. Thanks.

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