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‘Educated’ by Tara Westover
  1. Jessica Ellis
  1. Neurology, Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jessica Ellis, Neurology, Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester GL1 3NN, UK; je8403{at}

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‘Educated’ is Tara Westover’s critically acclaimed memoir chronicling her life from her upbringing in rural Idaho to her scholarship and eventual doctorate at Cambridge University. The Gloucester neurology book group universally liked this book, finding it well written and eminently readable, adroitly recording Westover’s challenging and sometimes harrowing upbringing, without her resorting to the grotesque or the obscene as is all too common in the so-called ‘misery lit’. We felt she managed this by staying clear of finger pointing or blame. We considered her a remarkable author who tells a difficult story very well.

Westover details her upbringing and early life, chronicling the trials and tribulations that she and her family faced. Her family led an isolationist lifestyle anchored around the central tenets of the …

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  • Contributors JE is the sole author of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed by Duncan McLauchlan, Cardiff, UK.

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