Penguin presents the audiobook edition of East of Croydon written and read by Sue Perkins.
A few years ago I was asked if I'd like to make a documentary on the Mekong River, travelling from the vast delta in Vietnam to the remote and snowy peaks of Tibet.
Up until that point, the farthest East I'd been was Torremolinos, in the Costa Del Sol.
Here's the thing:
I am scared of flying.
I have zero practical skills.
I can't survive if I am more than a three minute walk from a supermarket.
For the last seven years I have suffered with crippling anxiety
I bolt when panicked.
I cannot bear to witness humans or animals in distress
I have no ability to learn languages.
I am a terrible hypochondriac
And I am no good with boats.
So I said yes.
Alongside laugh-out-loud travel stories, the book also provides a moving account of her coming to terms with her father's death
Vivid, laugh-out-loud, moving
Alongside a wealth of vivid and hilarious travel stories, Sue also writes movingly about coming to terms with the recent death of her father as she stands beside the Ganges
The former Bake Off presenter journeys far out of her comfort zone on travels from India to Indonesia, sharing entertaining travel stories and a moving account of grieving for her father
An unvarnished, endearing and very funny account
Part memoir, part travel guide. A fab account full of wit and emotion
Her misadventures deliver laughs aplenty, but she's also engaged with the places, politics and crucially, the people. Enjoyable, interesting and often moving
Praise for Spectacles:
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
Very funny . . . It seems there are two Sue Perkins: the TV one, who gabbles and pratfalls, and the sensitive one who aches. The first of course, exists to protect the second. They can both write. The first writes comedy, the second tragedy; in this sense, reading her memoir is very like meeting her
In 2015, Sue Perkins was asked if she'd like to make a BBC Four documentary on the Mekong River, travelling from the vast delta in Vietnam to the remote and snowy peaks of Tibet. Below is an insight into her experiences from the Kolkata with Sue Perkins documentary, as featured in her book, East of Croydon.