Author: Sue Perkins
Release Date: October 8th 2015
‘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 had the confidence to turn around 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 see the 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 the outside 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.’
Let me start off by saying that by no means am I a big reader of autobiographies. However, I fell in love with Sue Perkins from the first time that I watched The Great British Bake Off and since then, I have loved every single show that she has presented. So, when I saw that she had written Spectacles there was no doubt in my mind that I was going read it. I was keen to find out about the woman who seemed to make up baking innuendos for a living. Granted it did take me some time to end up buying it but I did!
I didn’t know what to expect off of this book to be honest. Sue is such a character as a presenter that I didn’t really know if she would change her tone in her autobiography. Would she be more serious? Would there be a lack of puns? Would I find out some horrific truths about Bake Off that would change my life forever? The answers to those questions are: At times. Of course not. And nothing truly that drastic.
Spectacles is a witty, unrelentingly funny account of the key points in Sue Perkins’ life. It’s a book written in such a way that is so true to herself that you can hear her voice as you read through the pages. Spectacles was a breathe of fresh air for me to read and I didn’t want it to end. There is so much to love about this autobiography and I wish that I had picked it up sooner.
Even though Sue is someone who I love to watch. she wasn’t someone who I had necessarily looked up on Google. And let’s be honest, she’s not exactly someone who turns up on the front page of a newspaper very often or in the pages of a magazine. So, there wasn’t a whole load that I knew about her personal life. I think that’s what made the book an even nicer read. There were so many new things about her that I had discovered. And it made me love her even more.
True to Sue, this book had a light air to it. There was a light heartedness that made you feel like you were reading about an old friend. Even in the most serious parts of this book, you felt a pull towards Sue and the situations that she was in. The serious sections just made you remember how human she is.
Another thing that made me fall in love with Spectacles was the shear amount of honesty weaved in the chapters. Sue wasn’t afraid of letting people know the ups and downs of her career. The less glamorous side of show business and everything in her personal that had come her way.
I couldn’t recommend this book anymore to you guys!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars