Women Like Us: A Memoir by Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse has built a bestselling career on the lives of fictional women. Now she turns the pen on her own life.

I guess the first question to ask is, what kind of woman am I? Well, you know those women who saunter into a room, immaculately coiffed and primped from head to toe?

If you look behind her, you’ll see me.

From her childhood, where there was no blueprint for success, to building a career as a bestselling novelist against all odds, Amanda Prowse explores what it means to be a woman in a world where popularity, slimness, beauty and youth are currency—and how she overcame all of that to forge her own path to happiness.

Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious and always entirely relatable, Prowse details her early struggles with self-esteem and how she coped with the frustrating expectations others had of how she should live. Most poignantly, she delves into her toxic relationship with food, the hardest addiction she has ever known, and how she journeyed out the other side.

One of the most candid memoirs you’re ever likely to read, Women Like Us provides welcome insight into how it is possible—against the odds—to overcome insecurity, body consciousness and the ubiquitous imposter syndrome to find happiness and success, from a woman who’s done it all, and then some.

I have always loved Amanda Prowse and her books and been a fan of her wonderful characters for many years now. I’ve attended events and listened to her speak as well and she has always come across as a positive role model for women and a confident, interesting and successful writer. I already knew a few of the facts she writes about here as she mentioned some of them during her very open and candid conversation at an event I attended in Wrexham. But in this book she goes into much more depth, telling her life story with a raw honesty that endeared her to me even more.

Being a women of a certain age, there was much to love throughout Women Like Us-so many memories from my childhood came rushing into my head like a major sugar rush! Her love of David Cassidy that eventually gave way to her obsession with Duran Duran (me too!!) afternoon teas with the grandparents and their home grown tomatoes (the smell of warm vine tomatoes still takes me back to my Nanas greenhouse) and living in the era of Jackie magazine. But seeing another woman go through things throughout her life that you identify with, that another woman can express the feelings you also felt, became quite an emotional journey for me. My mum always says women are like teabags and you never know how strong they are until they are in hot water but sometimes that teabag bursts leaving the leaves swirling around uncontrollably, with no direction and often stuck in an area they hadn’t expected to be!

Amanda is brutally honest with herself and her readers as she describes her relationship with food. I thought those pages especially were probably the most difficult to write as they were also really tough to read (again probably because I have had similar issues). But I found as she approached her weight loss journey, she seemed very different from the Amanda we met previously in the book. There’s nothing like getting older to free yourself from the chains of expectation. Old age is a privilege not awarded to everyone and as we shake off the weight of other peoples opinions women empower themselves to make choices for themselves! It’s the only way forward!

Women Like Us spoke to me on so many different levels and I devoured it. I have already pressed it into the hands of my friends telling them that at last someone has put into words how we are feeling now we are in our fabulous 50s. Beautifully written with poignant moments of emotional intensity, this is a must read for every single woman who has ever read an Amanda Prowse book and wondered how on earth she consistently delivers female characters we find relatable and fascinating-the answers are all here.

Highly recommended by me.

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty-eight novels, two non-fiction titles and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart-topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda has appeared on numerous shows where her views on family and social issues strike a chord with viewers. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national and independent Radio stations including LBC, Times Radio and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and she has had two books selected as World Book Night titles; ‘Perfect Daughter’ in 2016 and ‘The Boy Between’ in 2022. 

Amanda is a huge supporter of libraries and having become a proud ambassador for The Reading Agency, works tirelessly to promote reading, especially in disadvantaged areas. Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan

‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail

‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!

‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun

‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan

‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat

‘Magical’ – Now magazine

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

10 thoughts on “Women Like Us: A Memoir by Amanda Prowse”

  1. I’m reading this now Jo. I’d only read one book by her, and after hearing her speak at a book event last month I felt compelled to read about her life. She mesmerised me with her talk (and her dress and boots were fab!), and this book is just as gripping. What a beautiful woman she is.

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