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Spectacles eBook: Sue Perkins: Kindle Store

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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.

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

'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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (8 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Laugh out loud moments throughout 😃

14 people found this helpful.
 on 2 November 2015
By Nicki
Proper ‘laugh out loud’ moments throughout the book. I particularly snorted out loud at the description of the strippergrams performance! Love Sue and could ‘hear’ her voice as I was reading this book. Read over two days, couldn’t put it down. 😃

Amazing!! Hysterical and teary!!

32 people found this helpful.
 on 26 October 2015
By Tracy
I LOVED this book!

You Either Love Her Or………..

91 people found this helpful.
 on 12 October 2015
By Mark T
Sue Perkins. You either love her or…….. there’s something wrong with you. And now, after reading her memoir, (which I didn’t buy from Amazon, but they can’t shoot you for it. Can they?) this particular long-time fan loves her a great deal more.


15 people found this helpful.
 on 18 October 2015
By Amazon Customer
I’ve been a fan of Mel and Sue for many years, if I’m honest, I’ve always found Mel funnier but I grew to like Sue when she did the food programme with Giles Coren. This is a funny book. I couldn’t help but ‘hear’ Sue’s voice when reading. She’s a very intelligent woman but she has a great sense of humour. A good read that had me laughing out loud lots of times and I must add that I love the front cover!

Disappointing – buy this book when it is in a Clearance Sale

4 people found this helpful.
 on 18 August 2016
By J. Hopwood
In this book Sue Perkins writes that she initially had an idea for a book which she pitched, but it was rejected and she wrote this instead. My advice? You should have stuck with the original idea Sue. I bought this book with high expectations, sat back and waited to be entertained – and although I am doggedly half-way through, I have yet to be amused and am finding it disappointing and bland. As others have said in their reviews, Sue has really given nothing of herself and is simply blathering on, delivering a stream of facts that are nothing new and we already know about her. Yes, there are snippets about her personal life, the ups and downs, the fact that she is gay – but we know that, and even this is spoken about as if she is not quite sure about herself – her various relationships and loves making her sound more like someone who has joined a club or taken up an interesting and popular “trendy” hobby which means she can dress like a bloke and be a bit off the wall because of it rather than in spite of it. I have really tried to like this book, but I cant – it hasnt made me smile once (or cry for that matter). It is almost as if Sue has simply jumped on the celebrity “write a book” bandwagon. I’d almost rather she had retained her enigmatic persona and dignity and hadnt!


10 people found this helpful.
 on 27 October 2015
By Betty Libro
Self-effacing, hilarious, intelligent… her even more than I did before.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book

9 people found this helpful.
 on 1 November 2015
By S. N 's HUBBY
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was interesting to get a glimpse of the person behind the TV personality, what you see is not necessarily what you get.

Started Well

36 people found this helpful.
 on 10 January 2016
By Debra F
This is a memoir of Sue Perkins – the Sue part of the Mel & Sue partnership who are known in recent years for their presentation of The Great British Bake Off. She is a slightly off the wall presenter who isn’t afraid to be slightly outspoken and, on occasion, rather smutty.

Buy this book!

 on 9 December 2016
By Silver Sloth
There’s not much more that I can say that hasn’t been said in other reviews but let me add my voice to those urging you to buy this book. I’ve been a fan of Sue Perkins since forever and, apart from making me laugh out loud, this gave a glimpse behind the scenes, another view or the woman who, through bake off, has won our hearts. I was particularly taken by the sections on The World’s Most Dangerous Roads. Sure, we know that what we see is edited for television but the story she tells – especially about the ice road – is somewhat different to the one we saw on our screens.

Refreshingly honest

9 people found this helpful.
 on 2 November 2015
By sarah572
Really enjoyed it. So many ‘celebrity’ autobiographies are clearly written by ghost writers and give absolutely nothing away. Sue is refreshingly honest and funny but also seems happy to reveal inner insecurities and give a genuine glimpse of her life off screen.

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