When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my old 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 around and say 'Why is our house full of this sh*t?' Sadly a recycling 'incident' destroyed the bulk of this archive and left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself. Most of it is true. I have of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me.
'Very funny... It seems there are two Sue Perkins: the TV one, who gabbles and pratfalls, and the sensitive one who aches. They can both write. The first writes comedy, the second tragedy; in this sense, reading her memoir is very like meeting her' - Sunday Times
'As charming and funny as Perkins herself. Like going for a long, slightly drunken lunch with your naughtiest friend' - Red
'Life, love and loss - it's all here. Warm, crisp and beautifully layered - like its author, Spectacles is a complete delight. Edging into the territory of National Treasure' - Independent on Sunday
AUTHOR: Sue Perkins is perhaps best known for being one quarter of double act Mel and Sue, where she plays the part of Mel. Together, the pair have bounced, shouted and gurned their way through countless hours of television, most memorably Light Lunch and its later counterpart, the imaginatively titled Late Lunch. Over the years, Sue has worked on a wide range of solo projects, including documentaries on art, popular fiction and history. In 2008 she appeared on the BBC show Maestro, culminating in her conducting at the Last Night of the Proms. She has also collaborated with food-critic Giles Coren on the Supersizers series, where the duo power-ate their way through five centuries of lungs, livers and testicles whilst half-cut on sherry. In the last couple of years, Sue has travelled extensively throughout Asia, driving the Ho Chi Minh Trail, exploring the length of the Mekong River and getting felt up by a Cambodian hermit.She is a regular contributor to Have I Got News For You, Just a Minute, QI and The News Quiz and has been crowned, officially, the World's Greatest Liar, in a hard-fought contest in Cumbria. She is also the main presenter of Game of Thrones companion after show, Thronecast.Oh, and apparently she did some hugely successful cake show on BBC1!