Join us for an evening in the company of Tara Westover as she talks about her memoir, Educated, a blistering portrayal of family, hardship and brutality and a young woman’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge which leads her to break the ties that bind.
Tara Westover grew up in rural Idaho with a radical, survivalist father who was intensely paranoid about government interference in the lives of his family. As a result, there were no state or federal records of her existence and she didn’t get a birth certificate until she was nine. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, to Harvard and to Cambridge.
From her unique experience, Westover tells a universal story about the transformative power of an education, but also of the very personal price she had to pay for that privilege. She explores the tension between loyalty to one’s family and loyalty to one’s self, as she struggles to find her place in a radical family. That struggle is ongoing. As she writes, Westover is still wondering whether she will ever be able to return home.
Tara Westover is a remarkable young woman and Educated is one of the most fascinating, heart breaking and thought provoking memoirs you could wish to read. Be inspired – don’t miss this chance to meet Tara and hear her story!
Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of Educated). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).