HMH to Publish REMEMBERINGS, A Memoir by Sinéad O’Connor

On June 1, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media will publish REMEMBERINGS by Sinéad O’Connor, the acclaimed, award-winning, always dynamic singer-songwriter. It is a revelatory memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, struggles with illness, and of the enduring power of song.

Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, Sinéad O’Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records. By the time she was twenty, she was world famous—living a rock star life out loud. From her trademark shaved head to her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph, Sinéad has fascinated and outraged millions.


In REMEMBERINGS, O’Connor recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household. Inspired by a brother’s Bob Dylan records, she escaped into music. She relates her early forays with local Irish bands; we see Sinéad completing her first album while eight months pregnant, hanging with Rastas in the East Village, and soaring to unimaginable popularity with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U.”

“This is my story, as I remember it. I had great fun writing it over the past few years,” says O’Connor.

Deb Brody, VP and Publisher at HMH Books & Media, comments, “Many years in the making, Sinead O’Connor’s REMEMBERINGS is a remarkably candid, intensely personal account of a life both charmed and troubled.”

Intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and told in a singular form true to her unconventional career, Sinéad’s memoir is a remarkable chronicle of an enduring and influential artist. REMEMBERINGS will be available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook on June 1, 2021.

Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter and recording artist. She rose to international fame in 1990 with her arrangement of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and her critically acclaimed albums have won or been nominated for five Grammys. She lives in Ireland.

Taryn Roeder * VP, Director of Publicity * 617.351.3818 * taryn.roeder@hmhco.com
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