Women Like Us: A Memoir by Amanda Prowse @mrsamandaprowse @LittleABooks #publicationday #bookreview #nonfiction

🎉🎉🎉 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO AMANDA PROWSE 🎉🎉🎉 Her memoir Women Like Us is out today!!

My thanks to Little A Books for my advanced e-copy of Women Like Us which I received through Netgalley.

The Blurb

Amanda Prowse has built a bestselling career on the lives of fictional women. Now she turns the pen on her own life.

I guess the first question to ask is, what kind of woman am I? Well, you know those women who saunter into a room, immaculately coiffed and primped from head to toe?

If you look behind her, you’ll see me.

From her childhood, where there was no blueprint for success, to building a career as a bestselling novelist against all odds, Amanda Prowse explores what it means to be a woman in a world where popularity, slimness, beauty and youth are currency—and how she overcame all of that to forge her own path to happiness.

Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious and always entirely relatable, Prowse details her early struggles with self-esteem and how she coped with the frustrating expectations others had of how she should live. Most poignantly, she delves into her toxic relationship with food, the hardest addiction she has ever known, and how she journeyed out the other side.

One of the most candid memoirs you’re ever likely to read, Women Like Us provides welcome insight into how it is possible—against the odds—to overcome insecurity, body consciousness and the ubiquitous imposter syndrome to find happiness and success, from a woman who’s done it all, and then some.

What Did I Think?

Finishing Amanda Prowse’s memoir left me slight bereft. I’d seen this woman on The Wright Stuff voicing her opinions on topical issues. I’ve read about the experience depression had placed on her family. Could there be much more to this woman’s life? Oh boy yes there could be, bucket loads!!!

Prowse’s formative years were heartbreaking. I could identify with her moving primary schools and going to high school without friends. I was the same as her, the outsider with no real friends but what happened to her health was just shit… totally shit (her words not mine but I couldn’t put it better).

She had me bawling my eyes out halfway through. Her experiences felt as if I personally had been there as she went through events. Prowse has an amazing way with words to evoke emotions. I’ve never been through what she’s experienced but my emotional journey as I read felt like I had.

Prowse’s constant battle with her weight is a theme that runs through the book from her anorexic tendencies as a young woman to her more recent struggles and secret eating. Throughout she is brutally honest about her mindset and takes the time to discuss society’s imbalance to body image. As someone who has struggled herself, I’ve felt that imbalance but as Prowse has, I’ve been in a journey mentally and physically to find a happy place.

The journey, ney life Prowse has lead is one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. She’s very eloquently but honestly put fingers to keyboard and shared her story. Women Like Us is one compulsive read and I love Prowse’s impeccable writing. I’ll admit I’ve never read any of her novels but having now read both of her spellbinding and beautifully written nonfiction titles, I feel I need to… stat!!!

Who Is Amanda Prowse?

Amanda Prowse is an internationally bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016 and The Boy Between a World Book Night title in 2022. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’.

Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

You can follow her @mrsamandaprowse on all social media or sign up for her newsletter at www.amandaprowse.com. Or follow her on Substack: Tangerine by Amanda Prowse.

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