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.
The intimate memoirs of one of the most acclaimed and controversial 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 'A natural oddball -- or, to put it another way, instinctively eccentric' -- Telegraph Magazine 'Highly original![Emin has] the capacity to produce little flares of dazzling originality that makes Strangeland" a work of sporadic beauty' -- Evening Standard 'Strangeland" should not!be approached as a memoir unless a memoir can be understood to be a Tracey Emin artwork. She is no fake' -- Rachel Cusk, Sunday Telegraph '[Emin's] writings are painfully honest!Strangeland "is more than Tracey's diary, just as her bed and her tent and her blankets are more than private displays that happen to have attracted a lot of attention' -- Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'While her best-known art has shown Emin as her most confrontational, in her writing we meet a calmer, more sensitive soul. At its best, [Emin's writing] shows flashes of insight and originality' -- Observer 'Strangeland" is a surprisingly lyrical and tightly written account of its author's journey so far.' -- Australian Vogue 'At times Emin writes with fierce clarity.' -- Henry Hitchins, Times Literary Supplement 20051223