Wednesday 27 January 2016

Review: Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Spectacles is the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins.

When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say 'Why is our house full of this shit?'
Sadly, a recycling 'incident' destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never get to see countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it's left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself.
This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as 'Is Mary Berry real?', 'Is it true you wear a surgical truss?' and 'Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?'
Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me.
Thank you for reading.

Review: my Christmas present to myself! I so enjoyed this book, I listened to hours of it whilst just at home, normally my audiobooks are reserved for the car journeys but this one was absolutely gobbled up! I really like the fact that generally when you read an audiobook version of an autobiography it is read by the author and this fact really brought the book to life for me! 

There's nothing I can really add to this review that will be of any great revelation. I loved this book. Sue Perkins I brutally honest about her life and fills the book with witty anecdotes as well as sharing some really poignant and painful moments with us. I really like the fact that she isn't afraid to make a fool of herself and so she tells us about the moments that went wrong, even if we saw the polished finished product, she lays it all out bare, showing us that is wasn't always like that! 

I really enjoyed hearing the story of how she came out to her family. I love the fact that she had built it up to be something completely different from what it was in her head and the fact that she had a completely different experience of things when she had to tell her grandmother! I really like the fact that she is completely open about it about her relationships. I would love to hear more from Sue Perkins whether it is fiction or non-fiction, I will definitely be reading it and you should definitely follow suit! 

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