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My Thoughts Exactly

Written by: Lily Allen
Narrated by: Lily Allen
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Includes an additional new chapter and exclusive Q&A.

Short-listed for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 in Autobiography/Biography.

The number one Sunday Times best seller. 

So, this is me. Lily Allen.

I am a woman.

I am a mother.

I was a wife.

I drink.

I have taken drugs.

I have loved and been let down.

I am a success and a failure.

I am a songwriter.

I am a singer.

I am all these things and more.

When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better.

This is my story. 

©2018 Lily Allen (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

What the critics say

"An unflinching, unputdownable book." (Guardian)

"A fresh, direct voice, used bravely, with nuance and style.... Uniquely candid." (New Statesman

"Allen has a flair for storytelling.... [My Thoughts Exactly] should be required reading for anyone who dreams of fame." (Daily Telegraph)

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Poignant, Funny, Brash and Brilliant

A moving read as well as an entertaining one, Lily Allen's not-quite-autobiography is as fresh and brash and unforgettable as the performer herself. Chapters are titled by issues like Sex, Money, and you know, all that minor stuff. Read by Allen herself, the delivery adds to the experience as her voice (which is her fortune, after all) is delightful to listen to, and I defy anyone not to laugh out loud when Allen, admitting she won an award from GQ basically because she wasn't afraid to get her tits out for the photographer, dissolves into giggles.

It's an unsparing look at the life of a woman still young: her thoughts, her experiences, her hopes, and her disappointments, most of all her disappointments with herself. Allen's no bullshit attitude lets no one off lightly, including herself. Throughout the book is as amusing and engrossing as it is honest, and you will almost certainly play it all the way through before starting on so much as a magazine, because there is literally nothing you'd rather be doing than listening to this book.

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remarkable.

raw, powerful, eye-opening piece of work. relatable and out of this world all in one.

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Not my favourite autobiography

I found this book to contain far too much of the author complaining about the challenges of being famous, defending how she got famous and generally whining. So for me large parts of this book were quite unrelateable.
But here were also sections that were really good and stories that definitely deserved to be shared and I like autobiographies narrated by the author.

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What a life she has lived !

I didn’t know anything about Lilly Allen before I listened to this book. I randomly chose it because I liked the cover, her voice in the preview and I enjoy hearing about people’s lives.

What a life she has lived! What a journey.
I am blow away by all she has lived through, learned and how she grew into finding herself.
It’s a very interesting story.

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Love You, Lily Allen

This book is completely different than any previous books I've read or listened. Lily had the courage to open totally and present her life, her feelings, her struggle, with honestly and simplicity. It's a very sad and full of emotions book. The performance is touchy, her voice got deep inside and impress me sometimes to tears. I love you Lily!

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  • Tyler King
  • 2018-10-16

Deeply Emotional

I was really surprised at the complex and emotional life story Lily tells. The voulnerability in her words and voice and the story of her perseverance and hardships really resonated with me. I highly recommend this book to anyone in a transition or who is having issues they want to work through. Learning from Lily's account of events, in my opinion could really help an individual.

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  • Rachel
  • 2018-10-06

Lily is an icon

She is completely honest with herself and you can tell. As she tells her story I can see her growth as a person, woman, mother, wife, etc. love her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-27

Honest AF

All about sincerity. Like her songs. Means to me the most. Thank you for sharing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-08

Narration great

huge fan of music and person. through all faults we are all just people 🧡

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  • Mer
  • 2020-02-02

lacking emotional analysis /depth?

maybe I’m an overthinker, but i feel like my beloved Ms Allen lacks analysis of her life, especially how it has affected her emotionally and how she has endured past it all. this reads/listens so factually to me, and in a lot of ways it made me sad. I dont think she is in touch w her deepest feelings. and that’s ok. i did like her own narration, although at times she sounded very bored like she was just trying to get done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-04

Synchronicity

I came across this book at a local bookstore casually after hearing her songs at several places. I’ve been a huge fan of her songs and songwriting in general. She’s very witty and unapologetic even in her book. She conforms to her own ideals and is not just another popstar but above all proves she is a woman, a daughter and a mother. Since I don’t end up finishing hardcovers I invested in the audiobook. Best decision ever. She walks you through her own world in her own words; through good and bad. Very empowering for girls in their 20s. Very inspiring.

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  • Sally Wnek
  • 2019-10-15

Your thoughts Lily Allen!

So glad you read it. I’m pretty ADD myself so a lazy reader. It was your story to tell not someone else’s to read. So personal and honest. Warts and all. Enlightening your take on “me too” in the music industry as you’re intertwined for years with x-amount of albums. Never thought about that before. Positive end that you’re still a wip but not destructive and more importantly have a healthy relationship with your girls. Well done Ms Allen I throughly enjoyed the twists and turns of “your thoughts exactly”.

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  • SamCastle
  • 2019-09-30

great

love Lily Allen and her music. book is great and listening to her read it even better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-28

Exactly

Loved it all, the story, the accent, and the courage of telling all the truths as it is

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  • Shelby
  • 2019-06-28

Strong Women

Such a wonderful story and strong woman. I look up to Lily so much. Thank you for sharing your life with the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-25

honest insightful account

thoroughly enjoyable . So much admiration and respect for a great woman who has been through so much but has given so much back. she is human after all . amazing. hero of her time .