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The landmark memoir of a global music icon.

Sinéad O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of 21. Her recording of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television.

O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it.

She has remained that way for three decades.

Now, in Rememberings, O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart, her early forays into the Dublin music scene, her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, the fulfilment of being a mother, her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music.

Rememberings is intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and full of hard-won insights. It is a unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist.

©2021 Sinéad O'Connor (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Honest, disturbing, endearing, soul searching.

It was a surprise that the author was the narrator and non the less detracting.
There were tears in my eyes in the first 5 minutes. Despite the negative media depictions of an unhinged angry person with massive chip on her shoulder with the inability to process thoughts and emotions further than an incoherent kaleidoscope of word salad; it is in fact a thoughtful honest account of her life that will shock, intrigue, endear and at times confirm what was suspected. Be sure to have plenty of time as it's very difficult to break away from. for those who have only bought the hard copy I suggest you buy both because to miss the narrative will rob you of the full flavor of this gem of a recount.

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WOW !!

Only half way thru this book and I can’t turn it off. I’ve been a fan since the first album and shaved my head in 1991 when I got into music college singing one of her songs.
This is a must even if you’re not a massive fan. The story telling is like mindfulness and so relaxing. What a life this great woman has had and I thought I heard her songs before but I’m hearing them all over again with context.
Excellent 👍

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Beautifully told.

I was only really familiar with Nothing Compares to You but heard Sinead on Woman’s Hour and felt compelled to get this book. Not disappointed, is an understatement. Her voice and story telling is amazing and I loved every minute. An amazing human being, a wonderful story.

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Honesty

gorgeous, honest, compelling and unapologetic. loved it! Very insightful view into the rollercoaster life of this amazing woman.

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Best listen in a very long time

Once I started I couldn’t stop listening to the funny, honest, and at times hypnotic words of Sinnead. I laughed and I cried. What an engaging story and what a life.

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Stunningly honest explanation of her life.

The title says it all. I had been a fan but only if the commercial hits, radio etc, and believed that she was a loony tune after seeing media postings. I now realise she that she is better than 99% of us, honest in her actions and brutally so.

I look forward to part two in 20 years time.

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Loved this!
Her authenticity, the honesty and frank descriptions of her childhood, rise to fame and love for music - truly a great read!

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A worthwhile listen to.

Sinead has been through it, regarding her mums cruelty to her and other family members. I always felt Gaybo was her "father figure" she missed out on when she was on the late late show and no mention of this. I wish she had challenged Frank Sinatra in 1992 in same hotel re his opinions all over media of her actions re tearing pope picture. He was no angel himself to throw stones at glass houses.

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What an incredible memoir she is such an amazing woman. Full of emotion it made me smile and cry. A privilege to listen to

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Very honest

Very honest and at times harrowing story a heartfelt account from a very strong woman

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  • 13-06-21

highly recommended

loved this. 'twas like sitting at the kitchen table and hearing her tell entertaining stories about a unique and unconventional life, but way more; she reveals her self and her soul with honesty, vulnerability and humor. not literature, but high storytelling, as is the Irish tradition

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  • Enda Gallery
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The honest and beautiful account of a hero of our time

I already loved Sinéad before reading but it was both heartbreaking and inspiring to hear the parts I knew nothing about and the details of the parts I did. I love her more for her story. It’s true to her integrity that reads it herself in that beautiful voice of hers. God bless her. I’m thankful she exists in our world.