Discover the woman behind the spectacles in the hilarious, incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins, star of Mel & Sue and The Great British Bake Off
'Very funny. Reading her memoir is very like meeting her' Sunday Times
'Tight & bright & full of inspiration' Chris Evans, Radio 2
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.
Praise for Spectacles
'Drama, tears and laughs - Spectacles has got it all. A brilliant, touching memoir suffused with love, it reminds you that life is best lived at wonky angles. I ADORED it' Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist
'It's a proper book . . . so well written. Tight & bright & full of inspiration' Chris Evans, Radio 2
'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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From her witty commentary on The Great British Bake Off to her antics as part of the comedy duo Mel and Sue, we think Sue Perkins is completely fabulous. Her memoir Spectacles teems with Perkins' trademark warmth and humour as she shares everything from a cringeworthy first meeting with her publishers (and the outlandish lies her family begged her to write) to the heartache of coming out to her parents and being told she’ll never have children. If we can’t have Sue as a best friend, then her hilarious, inspiring autobiography is the next best thing.
What a great book, I laughed, I smirked and I sobbed (letter to her dog).
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Sue made me scream with laughter, and sob with sadness. She also gave me a lot to think about, thanks Sue x
Didn't hit the mark for me
I quite like Sue Perkins on TV and thought this would be a good read. However it turned out to be anecdote after anecdote, 50% in speech quotes with who ever she was with at the time. Sue thinks she is a national treasure when everything she does and everything she says will capture the nation's heart. Sadly that's not so.