Non-Fiction, Screen & Performing Arts, Film, TV & Radio, Film, Film, TV & Radio Biographies
Paperback Published on: 28/07/2016
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Honest and funny...
Witty, heartwarming, and heartbreaking all at once, Sue takes us back to her childhood, to university escapades, tv moments, and stories of friendship. All... READ MORE
Gemma Dudley


I may at one point have pretended to have been an Olympic fencing champion.

Other than that, as I say – I’ve told it like it is.

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.

'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

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781405918558
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 321g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

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Can Sue Perkins be my friend, please?
In ways only the best comedic writers can, Perkins had me crying multiple times, guffawing out loud then bursting into a fit of laughter, before crying aga... READ MORE
Zoe Bestel
An entertaining read, if a slight bit long winded
It was an interesting read - quite light in tone and certainly amusing at times, although I found it (primarily towards the end of it) a bit bland and I re... READ MORE
Isla Scott
Funny and memory inducing
Sue Perkins is very funny. Not many books have me actually laughing out loud but this one did. Fascinating insight into her life and career.
Samantha Schofield