Spectacles (a memoir) by Sue Perkins

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Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 8th October 2015
Pages: 374 Pages

The Blurb
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.

Rating: 4/5


The Review
I’m a big fan of Sue Perkins, who isn’t? So when I heard that she was releasing an autobiography I knew I had to give it a read. I will admit I don’t know much about Sue, other than that she is a presenter on The Great British Bake Off.

The big question for me is: who is Sue Perkins and what does her life consist of?

Firstly, let me start by saying this memoir is simply hilarious! I often found myself giggling out loud and thinking surely that’s not real life? I think it’s safe to say that Sue is a little unlucky, and is often found in uncomfortable situations that you can’t just help but laugh at – an explosive poop dog is just one fine example.

I’m quite a nosey person and reading about another person’s life fascinates me. It’s a small window into a celebrity’s life, which evidently makes you think you know the person, only ever so slightly.

Learning about Sue’s family was something I found really interesting. It was nice to read that Sue and her siblings, plus parents, got on so well. However, reading about her Dad’s battle (and getting better) made me smile and cry all at the same time – cry, as it must have been such a harrowing and emotional thing and smile because they all stuck together and found humour in a horrible and saddening situation.

The book in a nutshell…
Perfect for Sue fans and those that don’t know about her life. Funny, enjoyable and a book that makes you feel a little bit better about your life!


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