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Strangeland: The memoirs of one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation

Tracey Emin

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

The intimate memoirs of one of the most acclaimed and controversial artists of her generation

'Here I am, a fucked, crazy, anorexic-alcoholic-childless, beautiful woman. I never dreamt it would be like this.'

Tracey Emin's STRANGELAND is her own space, lying between the Margate of her childhood, the Turkey of her forefathers and her own, private-public life in present-day London. Her writings, a combination of memoirs and confessions, are deeply intimate, yet powerfully engaging. Tracey retains a profoundly romantic world view, paired with an uncompromising honesty. Her capacity both to create controversies and to strike chords is unequalled in British life. A remarkable book - and an original, beautiful mind.

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Praise for Strangeland: The memoirs of one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation

  • A fantastically engaging storyteller... heartbreaking... effortlessly funny - Metro

  • As spare and poignant as one of Emin's line drawings - Marie Claire

  • A very readable book, and a surprising one too - Independent on Sunday

  • Eccentrically readable - Glamour

  • Frequently affecting...intriguing, almost incantatory - Saturday Telegraph

  • An extremely well-written and readable book - Glasgow Herald

  • Reveals a funny, sensitive and brave woman - Grazia

  • Emin talks with brutal frankness...genuinely uplifting - Scotsman

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Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin was born in 1963 to an English mother and Turkish father, and grew up in Margate. She left school at 15, but later studied Fine Art at Maidstone and went on to the Royal College of Art. She is now an internationally renowned artist whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world. Although known as a visual artist, Tracey Emin's confessional writings have always formed the backbone to her work and in 2005 she published her memoir, Strangeland, drawing together new and revised work from the previous 25 years.
In 2007, she was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, where she is now a Professor of Drawing and in 2013 she was appointed CBE.

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