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
Tracey Emin was born in 1963 to an English mother and a Turkish father, and grew up in Margate. She left school at 15, but later studied Fine Art at Maidstone College and went on to the Royal College of Art. She is now an internationally renowned artist whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world. Several of her pieces, including 'Everyone I Have Ever Slept With', were featured in the 1997 'Sensation' exhibition at the Royal Academy, and in 1999 her work 'My Bed' was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. STRANGELAND is the first, full-length publication of her writing, which draws together new and revised work from the past 25 years.