• by Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by Sue Perkins
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Touching, engaging and hilarious, this memoir crackles with Sue Perkins' wit and humour. Narrated by the author herself, the refreshingly warm style of prose is infused with a lot of heart, making for an uplifting listen.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, 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 s--t?'
Sadly, a recycling incident destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, dear listener, 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 title, will answer questions such as: is Mary Berry real? Is it true you wear a surgical truss, and is a nonspherically 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 audiobook is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. Thank you for listening.


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Sue Perkins is one of my favourite celebrities. She comes across as intelligent, funny, kind and like someone who has endless fascinating stories to share. I’m not usually interested in celebrity memoirs or autobiographies but was sold on the audiobook version of this with it being narrated by Sue Perkins herself.

Sue’s narration brings this audiobook to life. Listening to her stories is like going to the pub with an old friend for a catch up. I listened to this audiobook whilst doing chores and getting ready in the mornings and it made those mundane tasks so much more bearable. Not many people can make me laugh out loud at 7am on a Monday morning but Sue Perkins did. Not many people can make me cry whilst putting my mascara on but Sue Perkins did.

This book covers cake, travel, dogs, lesbianism, comedy, friendship, family and feminism all delivered in Sue's trademark humorous, warm and intelligent narrative. What's not to love?

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- Jess Hearts Books

Made me laugh and cry out loud

If you could sum up Spectacles in three words, what would they be?

So funny
And cleverly put together .. Kept
My interest throughout like having a good gossip with a mate ! Loved it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved sues honesty and the way she described situations and don't know she was such a good impressionist !

Which character – as performed by Sue Perkins – was your favourite?

Her lovely mym

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes dads cancer and sues brain tumour and how they love each other so much
But never said it !

Any additional comments?

I loved it and didn't realise sue was so funny
Really enjoyed this book to and fro to work and am bit lost its finished !

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- Karen d

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited