- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1 edition (18 November 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405918543
- ISBN-13: 978-1405918541
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
Spectacles Hardcover – 18 Nov 2015
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Very funny . . . It seems there are two Sue Perkins: the TV one, who gabbles and pratfalls, and the sensitive one who aches. The first of course, exists to protect the second. They can both write. The first writes comedy, the second tragedy; in this sense, reading her memoir is very like meeting her (Sunday Times)
It's a proper book . . . so well written. Tight & bright & full of inspiration (Chris Evans Radio 2)
Utterly wonderful. It's very, very funny and poignant and it's very Sue Perkins and that's the bliss of it (Nina Stibbe, bestselling author of Love, Nina and Man at the Helm)
Relentlessly cheering, Spectacles is as charming and funny as Perkins herself. Like going for a long, slightly drunken lunch with your naughtiest friend (Red Magazine)
Brilliantly written... fearlessly honest and full of heart, it will also make you laugh like a gibbon (Heat *****)
I absolutely loved it . . . whip smart and very funny (Fanny Blake Woman & Home)
Life, love and loss - it's all here ... Warm, crisp and beautifully layered - like its author,Spectacles is a complete delight (Independent on Sunday)
[A] deftly written and belly-laugh funny autobiography . . . Though she never suggests she might be remotely brainy, she clearly is. Her vocabulary makes Will Self's seem lacking, her writing is full of discreetly clever allusions . . . If she wants her readers to like her, she certainly achieved it with this reviewer who laughed and cried and secretly wants her as a best friend (Elizabeth Fremantle Daily Express)
Sue's memoir will leave you feeling like you've made a new best friend. Introducing us to a cast of friends, family and love interests, and not forgetting a psychopathic nun, Sue picks apart life in a refreshingly honest, warm and downright hilarious way... Spectacles firmly cements her as an exciting writer of the future (OK Magazine)
From the Back Cover
When I began writing this book, I went home to find what my mum might have kept 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?' 'Does orchestral conducting simply involve waving your arms around?' 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.
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I have to admit that I don't read a lot of biographies, some of the ones I have read in the past, have been less than interesting - I certainly couldn't say that about this one though. I have always liked and admired Sue Perkins, she is someone I think it would be lovely to have lunch with. The combination of a quick wit, oodles of intelligence and a wicked sense of humour is irresistible to me and her book didn't let me down one little bit.
I don't know if it is because her and I were born only a couple of years apart and her birthday is the day before mine but there were so many "aha" moments about her childhood. My dad also kept precise records of heights and weights of everyone in our house (amongst other things) and also had a thing about Dettol being the answer to everything. My mother, like Sue's mother, kept a blow-by-blow description of my birth and also liked a chat.
The whole book is a delightful peek into Sue's life, without the bad bits, which she warned us about at the beginning. I read the whole thing in 3 days, which surprised me because I didn't expect it to be so unputdownable.
This is a highly recommended read from me.
And Sue, if you are around when I come to the UK next, let's do lunch, yeah?
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