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HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to announce it will publish Lisa Wilkinson’s memoir, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This, on 27 October 2021. The long-awaited autobiography from one of Australia’s most popular and enduring media stars, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This is the story of how a young girl from Campbelltown came to be such a force in Australian cultural life.
Lisa says, ‘It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This tells the story of how this magazine-junkie kid (proudly) from the western suburbs of Sydney worked hard to survive the bumps and bruises of my teenage years, and went on to find myself in situations and places I could have once only ever dreamt about. In it, I’ve completely opened up on things I’ve never talked about before, not even with some of my closest girlfriends. I share the roller-coaster ride of joys and sadnesses, the pinch-myself moments, and the hard lessons I’ve had to learn along the way. I’ve left no stone unturned, particularly when it comes to some of the more public moments you’ve seen in the headlines. Now, you’ll know the truth.’
Nick Fordham, Lisa’s manager and CEO of The Fordham Company says, ‘I feel very privileged to have been a part of Lisa Wilkinson’s life and career for the last 15 years. This autobiography tells Lisa’s incredible and inspiring life story, all the highs and lows, and her journey to become the prominent and influential Australian media figure she is today. We can’t wait to share this with everyone.’
Lisa’s publisher, Catherine Milne, says, ‘Lisa Wilkinson has blazed an unprecedented and enormously successful trail through the Australian media and cultural landscape for more than four decades, winning the hearts and minds of the Australian people in the process. Her autobiography is— like Lisa herself—brave, creative, intelligent, honest, warm, funny and tremendously engaging. This is her truth, her story, her life—and I can’t wait for this book to get into reader’s hands!’
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