WIN 1 of 17 copies of Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

ARIA Award-winning singer and actress Clare Bowditch confronts her inner critic in this no-holds-barred memoir.

This is the story I promised myself, aged twenty-one, that I would one day be brave enough – and well enough – to write.

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That ‘real life’ only begins once you’re thin or beautiful, that good things only happen to other people.

Your Own Kind of Girl reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion, and tells how these forces shaped Clare’s life for better and for worse. This is a heartbreaking, wise and at times playful memoir. Clare’s own story told raw and as it happened. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems.

With startling candour, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who’s ever done battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power – and wants to pass it on. Happiness, we discover, is only possible when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves.


‘The words that kept coming to me over and over again as I read this book were authenticity and decency. Clare Bowditch made me feel how wonderful and difficult and amazing it is to be a human.’ LEIGH SALES


‘Brutal at times but funny as f@#k. This book will change a lot of lives for the better.’ BERNARD FANNING


‘Reading this book felt as intimate as having a long, heart-breakingly vulnerable yet hilarious conversation with Clare by a fire with wine in hand. It is a celebration of the human struggle, how we can learn to befriend (and say “f@#k off” to) our demons, and ultimately write our own story. There is so much hope in this book.’ MISSY HIGGINS


‘Clare Bowditch cements her status as one of Australia’s most mesmerising storytellers with this debut. Her ability to lay bare the vulnerabilities, hurts and triumphs of a woman’s life is second to none. She’s my kind of girl, for sure.’ CLEMENTINE FORD


‘This book is like a life-buoy, tossed across a generation by a sick and frightened young woman, who grew up to be Clare Bowditch. An extraordinary tale, faithfully remembered and generously told. What a woman. A transfixing and powerful memoir.’ ANNABEL CRABB


‘Clare Bowditch opens her heart and history with staggering generosity – unpicking the birth of her creativity and the early scars that forged her. Much like the woman herself, Your Own Kind of Girl is unflinching, entertaining, inspiring and real. I inhaled this book.’ KAT STEWART


‘A brave and generous work. Never didactic or patronising, Bowditch nonetheless has much to share as she invites the reader inside the tender heart and evolving mind of a young woman determined to make sense of herself and her place in the world. Told with Bowditch’s trademark warmth and openness, this book is an act of compassion as much as it is the product of diligent reflection and insight.’ PEGGY FREW


‘For parents, indeed anyone that would like to understand mental illness, and that recovery is possible. Clare writes with extraordinary self-awareness and insight. Her journey encourages anyone to keep going; to believe that there is something better, to take one step at a time toward it, and not to give up. A truly compelling story of resilience, survival and growth. ‘ DR CHARLOTTE KEATING


‘A deeply revealing insight into how a true artist is born. Brutally honest, compelling and affecting, Clare’s luminous warmth shines through every page.’ KATE MILLER-HEIDKE


‘I fell in love with this book from the start – it’s a brutally honest, witty, smart and courageous account of Clare Bowditch finding her path and her power.’ EDDIE PERFECT


‘Clare takes us to the edge of the stuff we flee from – the late-night inner turmoil of an eating disorder, the loneliness of being the “fat kid” and death – so that, as her friend Leonard Cohen once said, the light might come in.’ SARAH WILSON

Please note this competition is open from 1st November 2019 until 30th November 2019 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via Facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

  • 2006 as it would be amazing as my daughter loves the Arias and was stocked when Clare won

  • 2006 – She seems like such a strong and sincere human, would love to read about her struggles and triumphs.

  • Clare won the 2006 ARIA for best female and I’d love to read her intriguing book. She’s such an interesting yet down to earth person.

  • Clare won the Aria in 2006. I’d love to win for some summer reading and to be moved and inspired by a strong and talented woman.

  • The ARIA win was in 2006. I am a huge devourer of biographies. Especially Australian ones! I believe there is so much to be learned and such fascinating histories to uncover that enrich our understanding of our fellow Aussies and the paths they have forged!

  • I would love to give this book to my 16 year old niece who has been bulled at school and has low self esteem

  • 2006 the year my first child was born, a great year and author

  • 2006. I feel like I’ve known Clare for such a long time, when in actual fact there’s probably so much more to learn about her. I recall her early days and then I loved her in Offspring. I’d love to know all the in-between bits that she no doubt will share in her book.

  • 2006. I would like to win as love reading and this book looks like a great read.

  • 2006! I would love to read Clare Bowditch’s story to my daughter (maybe omit a few words), so my DD too can learn she can over come anything and aim to be anything she wants to be.

  • 2006 . It would be a great Xmas holiday read.

  • 2006 – Inspiring, empowering, thought provoking and authentic – the perfect read.

  • 2006
    Clare inspires me with her music – to read her incredible story would be amazing and give me hope that life can be turned around

  • Clare won the ARIA award for best female artist in 2006. Id like to win this prize because as a person living with a mental illness, depression for many years, an insight into another’s journey is a beneficial experience to my journey.

  • Clare won the ARIA in 2006. I’d like to win because I heard Clare on the radio and WOW she sounds so authentic and relatable. I’ve also just read a review from a reader who had very high expectations and the book has reached above and beyond those expectations. Go Clare!

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