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Written with a searing honesty and published for the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, My Amy is an evocative portrait of unbreakable lifelong friendship - and a devastating study into fame, addiction and self-sabotage.

Only one person knows what really happened to Amy, other than Amy herself. He is Tyler James, Amy’s best friend from the age of 13. They met at stage school as two insecure outsiders, formed an instant connection and lived together from their late teenage years right up until the day she died, aged just 27. 

Tyler was there by her side through it all. From their carefree early years touring together to the creation of the multiple Grammy-winning Back to Black, which she wrote on their kitchen floor. From her volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil through her escalating addictions, self-harm and eating disorders as the toxic nature of fame warped Amy’s reality. For the last three years of her life, Tyler was with her every day when she’d beaten drugs and was close to beating alcoholism too. He also knew better than anyone the real Amy Winehouse who the tabloid-reading public rarely saw - the hilarious, uncompromising force-of-nature busy taking care of everyone else. 

We all think we know what happened to Amy Winehouse, but we don’t. This definitive insider’s story tells us all, finally, the truth.

©2021 Tyler James (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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"Heartbreaking." (The Times)

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Heartbreaking story yet beautifully told by Tyler James. Learnt so much more about Amy and her life told by her best friend who clearly worshipped the ground she walked on. Just brilliant

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Hard-hitting, honest book with great narration

First, I love it when authors narrate their own books, makes such a difference listening to biographical material from the actual person. Tyler's narration is immediate, engaging and personal. It's quite heartbreaking at the end of the book.
I'm not actually an Amy Winehouse fan, my primary interest is in Tyler James, being a fan of his music back when he was on The Voice. I always got a sense that he was quite a traumatised soul but a very kind, generous person - though very little was known about him.
This book confirmed my initial impressions, and answered many old questions I thought I'd never get answers to. This could easily have been a book written objectively about his time with Amy, but instead it's deeply personal, brutally honest, and not very flattering to himself on many occasions.
I thought the writing was excellent, with very good pacing and a good structure, and it never gets boring (though the subject matter is by nature quite harrowing). The vocabulary is well chosen, evocative and never lazy.
I was also impressed that Tyler doesn't do much name-dropping or slagging off of other people. He's just telling his story with as few gratuitous references to others as possible. He's not very judgmental of others, and understandably keeps his remarks to the subject at hand.
I thought there was a good dose of wisdom throughout, really mature and evolved thinking. The book isn't just about Amy, it's also a study of the pitfalls of the music industry and, most of all, addiction.
A brave book.