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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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Best Book for all women

I heard about this book from crappy to happy podcast when Cass Dunn interviewed Clare Bowditch. She recommended the audio book which was read by Clare. I’ve listened to several audio books and by far this was the best one. Not only it’s narrated by the author but she incorporated songs introducing the chapter, she also played some of the tape recordings she mentioned.

Now the content was also amazing. She made me feel that it was okay to have someone like Frank inside my mind, doubting everything I do. This book was not just a memoir but it really resonated with me and I would listen to it again and again. Thank you Clare for writing this book. You are truly amazing.

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Just What I Needed to Hear.

Deeply moving. So easy to relate to the feelings conveyed in her story. And it was as if Clare herself was sitting in my kitchen, talking to me, while I worked. Loved this rollercoaster.

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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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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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Couldn't get past the first 30 minutes.

As this is a memoir, I found it annoying that she starts every sentence with I remember. I lost count how many times she said this in the first 5 minutes. And then it continues the same for the next 25 minutes so I gave up. The stories may be good but so far the writing is not. I am returning this title.

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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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A fabulous authentic work of art

Thankyou Clare, for such an honest expression, this book made me laugh and cry.. she’s a fantastic story teller.. so authentic, it’s the kind of book that just makes you feel so ok to be you.. and immediately after you want to get her album.. and listen to it with deeper understanding.. because it’s like you know this beautiful person and everything she overcame to be able to share that treasure of a voice with us. Thanks Clare.. by far the most engaging audio book I’ve ever listened to 🙂

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Heartwarming & Important

Clare tells her important story in such a warm, open and relatable way. A chilling yet beautiful explanation of the mental chatter we all have to some extent, and how it’s possible to gain control and grace when dealing with that inner critic. Highly recommend this exquisite book.

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Life changing

Loved every minute of this book. Made me understand so much about my children’s lives as siblings to a special needs little sister. Heartwarming and heartbreaking.

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A little bit life changing

There are things you come across... books, quotes conversations that can alter your perception and thoughts and therefore the trajectory of your life’s path. This book is one of those things. Do yourself a favour and listen. Thank you Clare!

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