Miranda Doyle & Tara Westover
Surviving and Survivalists: Two memoirs
Two of today’s most talked about memoirs. Miranda Doyle’s A Book of Untruths charts her upbringing by sensationally dysfunctional parents whilst Tara Westover’s Educated vividly
depicts her upbringing by survivalist parents in the Idaho Mountains and her escape into education at the late age of 17. As Tolstoy writes in Anna Karenina ‘All happy families are alike; each
unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’.
Chaired by Erica Wagner, writer and critic
Tara Westover was born in rural Idaho. She studied history at Brigham Young University and upon graduation was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later Harvard where she pursued an MPhil in intellectual history and political thought. She received her PhD in the same subject from Cambridge in 2014.
Miranda Doyle graduated from an MA at Goldsmiths in Creative & Life Writing with Distinction and has been mentored through the Arts Council Escalator Scheme. Her autobiographical story, Autopsy, was selected by Irvine Welsh for The Scottish Book Trust for inclusion in its Days Like This anthology, and broadcast on Radio Scotland. A Book of Untruths is her debut book.