BOOK REVIEW: How to Be Champion by Sarah Millican


Title: How to Be Champion
Author: Sarah Millican
Publication: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Trapeze
Genre: Biographies
Pages: 304


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Part autobiography, part self help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican’s debut book delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life’s blips – like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom post divorce.

If you’ve ever worn glasses at the age of six, worn an off-the-shoulder gown with no confidence, been contacted by an old school bully, lived in your childhood bedroom in your thirties, been gloriously dumped in a Frankie and Benny’s, cried so much you felt great, been for a romantic walk with a dog, worn leggings two days in a row even though they smelt of wee from a distance, then this is Your Book. If you haven’t done those things but wish you had, This Is Your Book. If you just want to laugh on a train/sofa/toilet or under your desk at work, This Is Your Book.


I have no clue where I first heard this author do stand-up.  It had to be some show on the BBC.  I love the fact that she may look all prim and proper but she opens her mouth and a sailor comes out.  She is a hoot to listen too and she will always be one of my go-to comedians. 

This is a book that has a beginning middle and end. It is a book that this author wrote with all the ways that you can become champion. It is filled with little stories that the author has. Be is weight and how she struggles with self-esteem,  how everyone in the comment sections roasts her for what she wears, and how that affects her for weeks to months after.  She talks about her family and how she grew up, she knew they didn’t have money, and how that shaped her.  I adored this book. I actually listened to it because the author narrates the book herself.  I absolutely love her voice.  She could read me anything and I would find it soothing.  

The book made me laugh and cry.  She hits the nail on the head with so many things. The biggest is weight and how you need to love yourself even though that is the toughest test of all. I struggle with my weight, and hearing that a celebrity is just like me made me feel so much better about myself.  I think that her stories are for everyone.  She is the people’s person, she doesn’t think that she is above anyone.  She lives a quiet life with her husband and their animals.  I think that if anyone reads an autobiography I think it should be this one.  I love this author and I will be finding more books by her if she has written then in the future.  

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