Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Review: Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Those of you addicted to The Great British Bake Off will know Sue Perkins as one of the two presenters of this hit show. I am not a fan, watching people cook while delving into their personal lives just isn’t for me.

I remember Sue and Mel from day time TV shows Light Lunch and Late Lunch when I was too young to really understand what they were doing. My sister and I adored them. Then, to my young girlish delight, Sue teamed up with Giles Coren and created some of the funniest food-based TV I have ever seen – literally – as part of the Supersizers. It still makes me cackle today.

So, if I were to ever spend £9.99 on an ebook, it would be for Sue.

“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.”

I’ll be honest with you, I felt a bit flat reading Spectacles. For which I feel awful, I may as well be saying that her life bored me. The series of events that lead to me being able to read this book created little more of a spark of interest.

I’m a horrible person.

No one can doubt Sue is funny, and her parents sound even more hilarious (I probably have the same ability to catastrophise as her mother). I loved hearing about her friendship with Mel and working with Giles. Really the only unfortunate aspect of the book is that I wasn’t getting to read more about what I wanted to know, and considering Sue did not write this book especially for me I am merely being selfish. (And ridiculous wanting to know about the life of someone I don’t know.)

So slightly fairly interesting it may have been, but Sue, it’s me, not you.

Do you ever feel bad when you don’t love, or get what you want, from a book?

5 thoughts on “Review: Spectacles by Sue Perkins

  1. I usually feel this way when I read a celebrity memoir type book. I guess I’m just not as interested in reading about them as other people are. I’d rather just go to Wikipedia and read a quick blurb. I also find the comedians just aren’t as funny on paper as they are out loud.


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