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.
Her 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
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. Although known as a visual artist, Tracey Emin's confessional writings have always formed the backbone to her work but until now her only publications have been limited editions. STRANGELAND is the first, full-length publication of her writing, which draws together new and revised work from the past 25 years.