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Finding My Voice

Narrated by: Nadiya Hussain
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

In Finding My Voice, Nadiya Hussain explores the many different roles assigned to her by her gender, culture, religion and society and how they have each shaped the woman she is today. 

'I am their daughter. They are me. I am my Baba's stubborn backbone and his great brows. I am my mum's resilience and wide birthing hips. I am their profanity, their nerves, I am their traditions, their hangups, their loss, their tears. I am their human, their child, their daughter.'    

Born to parents who emigrated from Bangladesh to Britain, Nadiya Hussain's first roles were those of daughter and sister. Considering her later identities as a devout Muslim entering an arranged marriage and becoming a wife and mother herself, Nadiya questions the barriers that many women, no matter who they are or where they live, have to cross in order to be accepted or heard. Importantly, she shows us how, at the core of it all, we are essentially tackling the same issues throughout our lives despite our cultural, social and religious differences.   

Each chapter deals with a different aspect of herself, and Nadiya writes with warmth, humour, honesty and deep emotion about what each one means to her and how she embodies all the different expectations of these parts of her life. Writing about growing up in a large family who were culturally torn between two countries, to her thoughts on becoming a celebrity after winning The Great British Bake Off, the later chapters cover her more recent roles of 'baker', 'Twitter handle' and 'TV presenter'.

©2019 Nadiya Hussain (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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enjoyable easy listen.

Loved Nadia's book she is so down to earth and a hard worker and inspirational.

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Loved it!

I just loved this. It was sad, funny and inspiring. I loved getting to know nadiya. She's entertaing , smart and swears like a sailor!!

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great book, easy to follow, interesting!

lovely book! gives insight not just in Nadia's, but also into life of not ethnically English community in the Uk, very interesting!

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Wonderful

Wonderfully and beautifully written. Funny and entertaining. Her stories resonate so much with me despite our very different upbringings. She shows amazing strength and I’ve enjoyed her book very very much.

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Oh my goodness!

I laughed, I cried and absolutely sobbed at parts! If this book doesn’t make you feel so empowered and honoured to be a woman, I don’t know what will! This book was such a pleasure to listen to. What a wonderful human being!

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Real and authentic

Loved this book! Nadiya tells her story as if you are there with her !

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Inspiring

Fascinating insight to all the roles Nadiya plays in her life. Her story is inspiring, emotional and thoughtful.

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Oh Nadia

Hearing about Nadia’s British Bengali upbringing was fascinating. Unfortunately it was fired at us like a shotgun and left me realing. I see Nadia differently now but not necessarily more positively.

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Mundane and repetitive

I found this book simply written and mundane, the language used repetitive and I engaging. I am a big fan of Nadiya Hussain’s baking and cooking and enjoy her cookery books. Unfortunately this one was not for me

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  • Reem seraj
  • 01-11-19

I wanted so much more

Nadiyah, loved you reading me your story, your rich deep and beautiful story that depicted a life lived round the corner of so many of us that we were blind to. You are brave, funny, kind and fierce! Your a beautiful Muslim female role model, and I adore your cooking ...... write more! And do it quickly! So haven’t had my fill of your words, stories or humor!
الله يوفقك حبيبتي!!!!