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It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This Kindle Edition
Lisa Wilkinson has lived much of her life in the public eye. One of Australia's most respected journalists and media personalities, her warm, intelligent and elegant presence has graced our television screens for many years, where she has shared, shaped and even shifted many important national conversations. But it all could have been so different ...
Subjected to horrific bullying as a teenager, Lisa survived by making herself as small as possible. But she swore when she left school that no one was ever again going to determine who she was - or limit what she was capable of. That determination and drive led to Lisa blazing an unprecedented and enormously successful trail through the Australian media and cultural landscape for more than four decades.
An early ground-breaking career in publishing - at 21, Lisa was the youngest editor ever appointed to take charge of a national magazine, Dolly, before spending ten years as editor of the iconic Cleo magazine - then led to a stunning television success story. This included spending more than a decade as co-host of the Nine Network's Today show, before she caused a media storm across Australia and the world on the issue of the gender pay gap, when she moved to the Ten Network as co-host of its prime-time award-winning program The Project.
It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This is the story of how a young girl from Sydney's western suburbs came to be such a force in Australian cultural life. It is a story that is honest, funny, engaging - and powerfully inspirational.
'Told with humour and a 'did this really happen to me' relatability ... generous and gracious' The Daily Telegraph
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Co-host of The Project and executive editor of Ten Daily, Lisa Wilkinson is one of Australia's most well-known, admired and respected media identities. An early ground-breaking publishing career - Lisa was the youngest-ever editor of a national magazine, Dolly, at the age of twenty-one, then spent ten years as editor of the iconic and bestselling Cleo magazine - led to a stunning television success story for one of Australia's most accomplished journalists. Following over a decade as co-host of the Nine Network's Today Show, in 2017, Lisa accepted a new challenge by agreeing to join the Ten Network as host of its prime-time award-winning news and current affairs program, The Project. Lisa is married to journalist and bestselling author Peter FitzSimons. They have three children.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B094287JB5
- Publisher : HarperCollins (1 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 24540 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,223 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the book, you will find plenty of award show chatter and TV information, but the core of this book is family, of which Lisa states on numerous occasions she could not be without. It is abundantly clear her family are her number one supporters and advisors. Discussions are not made in Lisa’s family alone. Family come together. Before taking a new job or giving up an old one, it’s discussed together.
Lisa’s book is well written, you could almost say it’s a kind of diary of her life. This style of writing adds to the relatability of Lisa and the things she has done. Being subject to horrific bullying. Vowing not to let the bullies define who she was then or who she was to become. Becoming the youngest editor ever to take the reins of a national magazine. Spending ten years at the helm of Cleo magazine. Lisa clearly has what it takes in life. That’s without touching on her TV career of course.
While this book clearly shows her successes, it is not afraid to discuss failures. It’s not afraid to talk of heartbreak in life. The book does not shy away from a traumatic incident with the father of a friend when she was younger. It certainly does not shy away from failures in her TV career, whether that be using the wrong language on TV or the infamous ending of her Today show career.
Overall what this book does, in my opinion, is show you that if you work hard enough, the rewards are there. If you’re willing to take the rough with the smooth, the rewards are there. The book is incredibly funny and honest. It’s inspirational.
Thank you Lisa for sharing your life. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I haven’t followed Lisa’s life or career closely but admire her recent stand alongside Brittany Higgins. This book catalogues her life as a child leading up to her stance.
I had to restrict myself to a chapter at a time, I became so absorbed in it….. I could have sat and read it in one sitting.
Thank you for your words, Lisa and thank you for the work you are doing for girls and women of Australia.
Good on you. Have watched you on TV for many years so was great to read about your life. I am in my 70s so have not read the magazine's I was a young Married Mum
with 3 children .Cheers Glen
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I could relate to her, though, as she kind of stumbled her way through life, and ended up in the right place. I did the same. Overall, a very interesting book.