Tara grew up in a Mormon, survivalist, isolated household in Idaho. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals and no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom until she was 17. Yet by 27 she had a PhD from Cambridge.
Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.
With no birth certificate or records as far as the state and federal government were concerned she didn’t exist.
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, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.
EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
Join us for an evening with Tara Westover to hear her incredible story told first hand.
This event is on Tuesday the 17th of April at Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House on Oxford Street, doors at 7pm. To start at 7:30pm. Ticket information and pricing to be announced shortly.