Finding My Voice

Finding My Voice : Nadiya's honest, unforgettable memoir

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'A fascinating from-the-heart memoir' Nigel Slater
'A revelatory honest read' Red magazine


'I am writing this for everyone who was told no. 'No, you are not rich enough. No, that is not credible. No, you can't. No, you won't. No, you are not allowed. No, that is not appropriate.

I was told, "No, you do not belong."

Finally, I am saying, "Yes, I do."'

From the moment Nadiya Hussain was born, she has been questioning her role in life. But the irony is, she never wanted to be a trailblazer. She just wanted to follow a 'normal' path. But life kept telling her 'you can't'.

And so she found her own way, beyond anything she dared to dream . . .

In this wise, witty, open-hearted book, Nadiya lets us into her life and, for the first time, shares the memories and experiences that have shaped her into the woman and role-model that she is today, alongside her personal recipes and the stories they tell.

'We all have a voice. Yours might be loud and strong, or quiet yet insistent. I have always tried to use mine for the right reasons.'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 224 x 26mm | 240g
  • Headline Home
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472259971
  • 9781472259974
  • 444,292

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Wonderful . . . a book for everyone. You'll love it. * Tan France * You called it Finding My Voice and it's you talking to me. I know I say this a lot when people are on but not everybody writes a book where I'm hearing them. * Lorraine, ITV * Raw and revealing . . . She is disarmingly funny * Heat Magazine * A fascinating from-the-heart memoir * Nigel Slater * Honest and absorbing * Woman & Home * Finding My Voice is courageous; she's written with unflinching honesty about her upbringing . . . This is no banal celeb memoir; it's Nadiya tackling her life - the light as well as dark - head on . . . It's a brave book, but then Nadiya has already broken many moulds. * Clover Stroud, Red Magazine * Nadiya Hussain has become a household name as a cookbook writer, author and television presenter. Her memoir is the warm and inspiring tale of a young woman who felt she lacked opportunities but defied the way society tried to pigeonhole her. Also delving into Nadiya's issues with anxiety, it is an honest and uplifting autobiography. * S Magazine, Sunday Express * One of the most compelling autobiographies I've read . . . the most influential Asian woman in the UK, the most popular baker in Britain and the most unexpected, surprising, five-foot nothing kickass of a woman.' * Emma Freud at The Royal Festival Hall * Since winning Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya has become a TV favourite . . . Only 34, Nadiya has been through a lot and in her memoir she touches on some of the most important roles in her life . . . Each chapter begins with a poem and ends with a recipe and both offer insights into Nadiya's mind. It's a moving and funny book. * the Sun * Featuring personal recipes and childhood memories, [Nadiya] lets us into her life for the very first time. Her journey to capturing our hearts on our television screens has been far from an easy one, as she explains that this book is for everyone who has been told 'no' and had their dreams stunted by others. Pick up Finding My Voice to discover how her background shaped her to become the woman she is today. * Health & Wellbeing * An honest discussion of anxiety, Nadiya Hussain's book is a real comfort read. * Stylist * Her first foray into telling her life story, Finding My Voice sees Nadiya discuss life with mental health issues as someone who suffers with panic attacks. * Metro * [Finding My Voice] explores difficult issues like her anxiety and traumas of her childhood. * Daily Star * Each chapter explores a different role Hussain has played in her life so far . . . this is far from a smug "you too could have it all" manual for the modern woman. It is more about Hussain's long struggle to find her place in the world. * iNews * A revelatory honest read . . . She writes with clear-eyed insight . . . There's no doubt that the book will make an impact and enable young girls to question the boxes society places them in and to dream bigger than the previous generation thought possible. -- Elizabeth Day * You Magazine, Daily Mail * A tale of honesty and joy from one of Britain's most influential women . . . Unflinchingly honest ... in this memoir, she writes openly and comfortingly about the mental health issues we all face. * Stylist *
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About Nadiya Hussain

After winning 2015's Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain has gone on to capture the hearts of the nation.

A columnist for The Times, Nadiya has also presented many shows for the BBC including The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya's Asian Odyssey, Nadiya's British Food Adventure, Nadiya's Family Favourites and her latest Nadiya's Time to Eat.

Her cookery books include, Nadiya's Kitchen, Nadiya's British Food Adventure, Nadiya's Family Favourite and Time To Eat. Her three books in the bestselling Bake Me A Story series, one of which was shortlisted for a British Book Award, are published by Hachette Children's Group, as well as her first picture book for younger readers, My Monster and Me.

Born in Luton to British-Bangladeshi parents, Nadiya now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, Abdal, and their three children.
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