Since the moment she was born, Nadiya Hussain has taken on many different identities assigned to her by her gender, culture, society and religion. From daughter to wife, mother to celebrity baker, this very personal book documents her experiences of the roles that have moulded her life to date.
'A fascinating from-the-heart memoir' Nigel Slater
'A revelatory honest read' Red magazine
FUNNY, HEART-WRENCHING, GENEROUS AND TRUE, IN FINDING MY VOICE NADIYA HUSSAIN SHARES THE UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE MADE HER THE WOMAN SHE IS TODAY.
'I am writing this for everyone who was told no. 'No, you are not rich enough. No, that is not credible. No, you can't. No, you won't. No, you are not allowed. No, that is not appropriate.
I was told, "No, you do not belong."
Finally, I am saying, "Yes, I do."'
From the moment Nadiya Hussain was born, she has been questioning her role in life. But the irony is, she never wanted to be a trailblazer. She just wanted to follow a 'normal' path. But life kept telling her 'you can't'.
And so she found her own way, beyond anything she dared to dream . . .
In this wise, witty, open-hearted book, Nadiya lets us into her life and, for the first time, shares the memories and experiences that have shaped her into the woman and role-model that she is today, alongside her personal recipes and the stories they tell.
'We all have a voice. Yours might be loud and strong, or quiet yet insistent. I have always tried to use mine for the right reasons.'
A tale of honesty and joy from one of Britain's most influential women . . . Unflinchingly honest ... in this memoir, she writes openly and comfortingly about the mental health issues we all face. - Stylist
A revelatory honest read . . . She writes with clear-eyed insight . . . There's no doubt that the book will make an impact and enable young girls to question the boxes society places them in and to dream bigger than the previous generation thought possible. - You Magazine, Daily Mail
Each chapter explores a different role Hussain has played in her life so far . . . this is far from a smug "you too could have it all" manual for the modern woman. It is more about Hussain's long struggle to find her place in the world. - iNews
[Finding My Voice] explores difficult issues like her anxiety and traumas of her childhood. - Daily Star
Her first foray into telling her life story, Finding My Voice sees Nadiya discuss life with mental health issues as someone who suffers with panic attacks. - Metro
An honest discussion of anxiety, Nadiya Hussain's book is a real comfort read. - Stylist
Nadiya Hussain (Author)
Never again will she say she can't. Nadiya can and she will. Nadiya Hussain's delicious bakes and desserts, captivating smile and sparkling personality made her a hugely popular winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off.
Her first children's book, Nadiya's Bake Me a Story, hit the bestseller charts in 2016, and was shortlisted for a British Book Award. The follow-up, Bake Me a Festive Story, is out now. She has also published cookbooks for adults and novels, and has three television series to her name, The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya's British Food Adventure and The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote her first picture book, My Monster and Me, to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety.
Nadiya's family is originally from Bangladesh, where desserts aren't a feature of mealtimes. But, encouraged by a school home economics teacher, Nadiya honed her skills as a baker over ten years and produces fabulous bakes and desserts every day. She also loves to write, having won a National Poetry competition as a child.
Nadiya lives with her husband, Abdal and is mum to three gorgeous children.
Ella Bailey (Illustrator)
Ella Bailey is a freelance illustrator based in Nottingham in the UK. Since graduating with a degree in Illustration from Falmouth University, Ella has worked with Simon and Schuster UK and Flying Eye Books, as well as Magma for Laurence King.