Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Home book cover.jpg
Author Julie Andrews
Language English
Publisher Hyperion
Publication date
April 1, 2008
Media type Hardcover
Pages 352
ISBN 978-0-7868-6565-9
OCLC 191078415
791.402/8092 B 22
LC Class PN2598.A65 A3 2008b

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years is a best-selling memoir written by Julie Andrews. It was published on April 1, 2008 by Hyperion.

Home tells the story of Julie Andrews' life up until 1963, when she left England for Hollywood to shoot Mary Poppins and is intended as part one of a two-part memoir.[1] While it includes dark childhood memories of surviving the London Blitz[1] and attempts by her step-father Ted Andrews to molest her,[2] the book overall presents a happy vision of Andrews' childhood.[3] She has said in an interview that the book The Little Gray Men and her father Ted Wells were her inspirations and source of influence as an author, along with Charles Dickens, among other authors. Andrews revealed in the book that Wells was not, in fact, her natural father; her biological father had been a family friend with whom her mother had a brief affair.[4]

The book received a generally positive critical reception. The Los Angeles Times described it as "immensely readable"[1] and The New York Times praised the quality of the prose.[2] Home was #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List of non-fiction adult titles on April 27, 2008.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 'Home' By Julie Andrews. Los Angeles Times. Susan King. April 24, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Climb Every Mountain. New York Times. Emma Brockes. March 30, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Inside the List. New York Times. Dwight Garner. April 27, 2008.
  4. ^ Brockes, Emma (30 March 2008). "Books About Julie Andrews — Memoir — Biography". The New York Times. New York City. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
Preceded by
Mistaken Identity
by Don and Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen and Whitney Cerak, with Mark Tabb
#1 New York Times Best Seller Non-Fiction
April 27, 2008
Succeeded by
Beautiful Boy
by David Sheff