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Reviews

  • A literary phenomenon

    Guardian
  • Intimate, inspiring and set to become hugely influential

    Sunday Times
  • Inspirational without trying to be . . . a coming-of-age tale, a love story and a family saga all in one

    Angie Thomas, TIME
  • This revealing memoir offers new insights into her upbringing on the south side of Chicago and the highs and lows of life with Barack Obama. . . Becoming is a 400-page expansion of this essential doctrine ['when they go low, we go high'], without compromising a refreshing level of honesty

    Afua Hirsch, Guardian
  • An inspirational memoir that also rings true

    Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph, Five Stars
  • This is a rich, entertaining and candid memoir. And overall she's a fun person to sit alongside as she tells you the story of her life, warts and all. . . it is as beautifully written as any piece of fiction

    Viv Groskop, i, Five Stars
  • In the best moments of Becoming, the miracle of Michelle Obama arises

    Vanity Fair
  • Obama's memoir is a genuine page-turner, full of intimacies and reflections. . . Allied to this candour is a steeliness of purpose. It is no exaggeration to say that every page of this book is, explicitly or otherwise, a reproach to Donald Trump, and a call-to-arms to those who would defeat the 45th President and all that he stands for

    Matt D'Ancona, Evening Standard
  • I found myself lifting my jaw from my chest at the end of every other chapter, not because of any seedy insight into stories I'd always wondered about, but because, armed as I was with knowledge about her career, her mannerisms, and even her elbow-heavy dancing, this was not the Obama I thought I knew. She was more

    Kuba Shand-Baptiste, Independent
  • Inspiring. . . After 421 pages of Becoming, I closed the book hoping that one day she would use her formidable intelligence, humanity - and humour - to offer a more tangible vision for how America might fight the rising tides of polarisation and hate

    Financial Times

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