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Everything we know about Lisa Wilkinson’s highly-anticipated autobiography which is set to leave “no stone unturned”

''You've seen in the headlines. Now, you'll know the truth.''

By Faye Couros
Trigger warning: This post deals with topics including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
For four decades, Lisa Wilkinson has defined the Australian media landscape and now, for the first time, she is releasing an autobiography.
So in July, when Lisa broke the exciting news that she was releasing It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This, our anticipation levels instantly skyrocketed.
But perhaps the most interesting part of her book will be her journey from a teenager in Western Sydney to one of Australia's most celebrated journalists.
As we wait patiently to get our hands on the 61-year-old's autobiography, here is everything we should expect.

What is Lisa Wilkinson’s book about?

According to Booktopia, Lisa will explore her teenage years and describe how she faced relentless bullying which motivated her to make a name for herself.
The book will also highlight her career successes, including how she became the youngest editor ever appointed at Dolly Magazine, at age 21 and her 10 years working at Cleo magazine.
However, perhaps the most intriguing passages will occur during her decade co-hosting Nine's Today Show, her shocking exit, and her eventual jump to Channel 10's The Project.
The website's bio reads: "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. "
Lisa shared the cover of her autobiography on her Instagram in July. (HarperCollins Publishers)

How much detail will Lisa Wilkinson go into about her time at Channel Nine?

After discovering she was being paid half of what her co-host Karl Stefanovic was, Lisa infamously parted ways with her Nine family.
It was reported that Karl was earning $2 million, while Lisa was taking home $1.1 million, and after Channel Nine couldn't negotiate equal pay, she left for The Project.
Her shock exit was a pinnacle point for conversations about the wage gap in Australia, one of the many feminist topics she has tackled in her career.
Reports from The Daily Telegraph have claimed Lisa will go into detail about the incident.
"There are a lot of nervous nellies at Nine at the moment. She'll be sure to go hard on the Nine lads club and, of course, her pay dispute.
"Some are already arming themselves with their own spin doctors, ready to put out the flames," said the source.
Lisa worked with Karl on Nine's Today Show for over a decade. (Channel Nine)
In an interview with journalist Hamish Macdonald on The Project to talk about her book, she spoke about feeling betrayed by Channel Nine when she discovered she was no longer a part of the Today Show roster.
"I was standing in aisle six at Woolies holding a can of tuna [when she got the call from management]," she said.
"I felt stupid and humiliated and betrayed and pretty pathetic."
She also believes the network intended to "humiliate" the star, and Lisa revealed her relationship with Karl is over.
"We are not really in touch," she shared.
Lisa with her daughter Billie at the 2018 Women of the Future Awards. Getty

Will Lisa Wilkinson talk about her marriage?

The Daily Telegraph also shared that "it [Lisa's autobiography] will explore her marriage to author and TV commentator Peter FitzSimons."
However, any more details about her life with Peter and their three children, Louis, Jake, and Billie, is yet to be revealed.
Lisa moved over to The Project in 2017. (Channel Ten)

What has Lisa Wilkinson said about her book?

Lisa has kept an air of mystery around her book, but she was sure to drop enough breadcrumbs to raise one's eyebrows when she announced the news.
She shared the cover of her book on her Instagram, and in her caption, she included a lengthy message that summarises what fans can expect.
"I've been working on something that is very close to my heart over the last couple of years - in fact, when I think about it, I've been working on this my entire life.
"It's my autobiography, and I'm excited (and just a little bit terrified) to be sharing the cover with you today," she wrote.
After her introduction, she delved into the subject matter she decided to tackle and why she has featured some of her most intimate moments.
"It's called It Wasn't Meant To Be Like This, and tells the story of how this magazine-junkie kid from (proudly) the western suburbs of Sydney, worked hard to survive the bumps and bruises of my teenage years, and went on to find myself in situations and places I could have once only ever dreamt about," she explained.
"I share the roller coaster ride of joys, and sadnesses, the pinch-myself moments, and the hard lessons I've had to learn along the way." (Getty)
"In it, I've completely opened up on things I've never talked about before, not even with some of my closest girlfriends.
"I share the roller coaster ride of joys, and sadnesses, the pinch-myself moments, and the hard lessons I've had to learn along the way.
"I've left no stone unturned, particularly when it comes to some of the more public moments you've seen in the headlines. Now, you'll know the truth," she finished.
On The Project, she took a moment at the desk to admit she was "a little bit terrified" to release the autobiography.
Lisa with her husband Peter celebrating his birthday together. (Instagram)
In an interview with Stellar Magazine, Lisa revealed that her friend's father sexually assaulted her as a teenager.
After harbouring the experience for nearly five decades, she explained to the publication why she decided to speak about it.
"I thought, if [women] don't come forward and don't show how incredibly common these experiences are, then the perpetrators win. And I couldn't be a party to that," she said.
In her book, she has shared details about the event, which took place at a close friend's house when her friend's father cornered her in a room and began to stroke her breasts before rubbing the crotch of her pants.
The presenter wrote that she was able to push the man off her and run to her father, who had just arrived to pick her up.
Lisa also told Stellar that former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins inspired her to share this story in her memoir after confiding in the 27-year-old.
"Women can only speak when they are ready. But there are more women speaking because they now know that they will be believed, they will be heard, and they can seek justice," she said.
Brittany and Lisa embraced at the March 4 Justice protests in Canberra. Instagram

What has Harper Collins said about the book?

As one would expect, the Harper family is proud to publish the monumental book, and Lisa's publisher Catherine Milne spoke about her excitement about the project in the press release.
"Lisa Wilkinson has blazed an unprecedented and enormously successful trail through the Australian media and cultural landscape for more than four decades, winning the hearts and minds of the Australian people in the process," she confessed.
"Her autobiography is— like Lisa herself—brave, creative, intelligent, honest, warm, funny and tremendously engaging. This is her truth, her story, her life—and I can't wait for this book to get into reader's hands!"
"Her autobiography is— like Lisa herself—brave, creative, intelligent, honest, warm, funny and tremendously engaging." (Instagram)

When is It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This being released?

It Wasn't Meant to Be Like This will officially go on sale on November 3 2021, and you can pre-order a signed copy from Booktopia here.
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