The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In April 2009, a modest middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain’s Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world. From singing karaoke in local pubs to a live performance with an eighty-piece orchestra in Japan’s legendary Budokan Arena and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar. This astonishing transformation has not always been easy for her, faced with all the trappings of celebrity, but in the whirlwind of attention and expectation, she has always found calm and clarity in music. Susan was born to sing. Now, for the first time, she tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude, and an unfailing sense of humor.
 

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I don't follow many people in the music or acting scene anymore but I've made an exception for Susan Boyle. Like millions of other people I first saw her on her audition for Britain's Got Talent when ... Read full review

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I really adored this book and fell in love with Susan Boyle from the first chapter. Her honest story of struggle and growing up "different" was an inspiration to me. I was surprised she wrote so well ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
When I Was a Child
11
Welcome to the Boyle Family
13
Bel Air and Beehives
18
The Sound of Music
22
The Girl with the Curls
27
Sticks and Stones
33
The Lisbon Lions and a Bear Called Bruno
43
Britains Got Talent
165
Bloody Fantastic
167
Reveal Day
174
Interviews
182
Makeover
193
Yvie
199
Semifinal
205
Final
223

Craic
47
Our Lady of Lourdes
52
Special
58
Uncle Michael
66
Puppy Love
74
St Kentigerns
80
The Taste of Defeat
91
A Song in the Breeze
97
Healing
99
Happy Valley
106
On Becoming a Person
111
Opportunity Knocks
119
Finding My Voice
128
Family Matters
138
Millennium
147
Caring
153
Aftermath
239
Priory
243
Who I Was Born to
247
Ave Maria
249
Andy
254
Album
259
The Home of the Brave
269
Europe
282
Television Special
288
Celebrity
291
Amazing Grace
297
Rosary
311
Moving On
314
A Reflection
319
Acknowledgments
321
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Susan Boyle was born, and still lives, in Blackburn, West Lothian. She shot to global fame on April 11, 2009, when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les MisÚrables. This is her first book.

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