“Written with the sort of warmth and sincerity that hallmarks her stand-up. Her book is, in short, champion”


Champion adjective BRITISH informal dialect 1. “Thank ye lad,” the farmer said. “That’s Campion.”

Comedian Sarah Millican’s autobiography, How to Be Champion follows her life from childhood through her teens and adulthood to her successful stand-up career.

Each chapter has its own theme which sets the basis of the life tales held within it. The stories from Millican’s life vary widely from hilarious incidents that will make readers laugh out loud to the more serious realities of the Miner’s Strikes in the UK.

While readers will be happy to see that Millican has kept much of her stand-up tone in the book, she also tackles some deeper issues such as body image and the impact of these on women and young girls, which she began to explore when she started Standard Issue Magazine.

For those who aren’t fluent in Geordie, Millican includes some handy notes on the words used and well as links to other chapters where she further discusses some topics. These links were easy to flick back and forth from using my Kindle, however, I’m not sure how well these work in physical editions of the book.

A mix of comedic anecdotes, self-help type ideas, deeper themes of body image, and even a recipe, Sarah Millican’s book is a well-written biography that tells fans about her life and makes them roar with laughter at regular intervals.


Reviewed by:

Catherine Muxworthy, Booksbirdblog

Added 29th January 2020

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