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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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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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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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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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Sorry Clare

I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve seen of Clare Bowditch and her musical and acting talent but I couldn’t get into this book. I didn’t enjoy it, couldn’t finish it and probably haven’t given it enough of a chance to unfold but I found it depressing and self indulgent and couldn’t be convinced to see it through. Disappointed and sorry I bothered. Love your music though Clare. You’re incredibly talented.

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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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  • 31-05-2020

Simply marvelous! Her voice !!!

Before this I had no clue who Claire Bowditch was, now there is no way I can forget her story. Enjoyed every minute of her reading. Felt like I was with her in every step of the way!

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  • Tara
  • 16-06-2020

Life changing!

Thank you Claire for writing this book your honesty is so deeply felt. This book is a must read for anyone dealing with anxiety depression or numerous other mental illness. This book came into my like at just the right moment. Thank you for introducing me to FRANK a life saver for sure. much love and joy .... tara

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  • Alena Amato Ruggerio
  • 25-06-2020

Story of Mental Health

I am not from Australia, so I had never heard of the author. But her story of her struggle for mental health touched my heart and informed me of some methods to try.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-06-2020

unexpectedly amazing

soothing delightful voice to listen to. I could hear her smile. Gave me another glimpse of hope in this world. loved every word

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  • rcfreebird
  • 30-07-2020

Boohoo

Maybe I would have felt differently reading this at a different time in history, but with the problems that America and the world are facing right now the author's reasons for having panic attacks and depression just seem pathetic, sorry. She obviously led a very privileged life and when things got a little tough she had a complete meltdown. There are sooo many people that have it so much worse, maybe she should have thought of that perspective. Could not finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-2020

Beautiful 🌹 and Important 💖

I laughed and I cried and was moved by how much I could relate to this story. Mental illness is its own kind of pandemic but no one wants to talk about it. Thank you Claire Bowditch for your courage and honesty. I'm sure many will be helped by your book. Please keep making music... I love your voice, and unique singing style and songs.
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  • Amy Staton
  • 26-07-2020

I absolutely adore this woman

I listened to the preview and she made me laugh out loud and tugged at my heart strings all in five minutes. I felt like I could relate to her story and found her authenticity and humor refreshing. One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. I will absolute read it again and again.

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  • kara
  • 26-06-2020

boring

wanted to find some great insight found boring and self absorbed person over dramatizing a life. slow moving.

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  • E. Thiessen
  • 19-09-2020

great audiobook narrated by the author

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I had no idea who Clare Bowditch was or what her story was about, but this was recommended for me on Audible and I decided to try it on a whim. I ended up really enjoying it! She narrates her own story and I thought she did an excellent job! In many ways, considering how dark it got for her at times, it is amazing she's able to tell her story in such a matter-of-fact way at times, and yet, if you listen closely, you can totally hear the emotion of her baring her truths. Although I have not struggled specifically with many of the challenges she has faced, it helped me to better understand eating disorders, mental illness, depression, and living in a place of fear. It made me contemplate my own life and consider some similar challenges I AM facing and that ignoring it is not going to make them go away or get them to be resolved. And for that I am grateful. As much as this story is about her struggles, it is also a story of finding herself and loving herself and even more so, allowing others to love her. I'm going to have to check out some of her music and see what it's like! This audio only gave me a glimse and some of the words were quite powerful. In the end, I'm really glad I gave this story a chance!

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  • Mike M.
  • 17-08-2020

You will love her

Clare’s story and most importantly her awesome voice and narration, had me feeling like she was a close friend talking just to me. It was heartfelt and many times had me laughing out loud. Glad I “read”it.