How to be Champion

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 05 Oct 2017

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How to be Champion is a book that I wish had been written earlier, it's sort of like a manual for life as a young un, and reminds us that bullies don't always win. If you've ever seen Sarah Millican live then this book reads as though she were there on the sofa with you recounting the tales of her past. You can hear her voice as she describes how vital it was to find out if you could wear glasses to disco dance, or how big her admiration is of her parents. Don't get me wrong, it's not all sunshine in the garden, she does tell the reader about how rubbish life could be too, her warts and all frankness is refreshing and her sparkling wit shines though in her writing. I found I was...

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If you are fan of Saras then you will love this. She writs as she talks...hilarious,witty,feel like I know her personally. Laugh out loud humor.
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Just like having a cup of tea and a slab of cake with the lovely Sarah Millican. This book made me laugh and cry, and want to be nicer to all. Champion
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I listened to this book on audiobook in the car with three of us listening and it proved to be a great 'community listen'. I was always going to listen to this on audiobook because it is narrated by Sarah herself and so we get the true meaning of everything she is saying, straight from the authors mouth so to speak. She does mention pictures and photos attached in a PDF to the audiobook but I couldn't find them, so that was the only drawback of the audiobook! The content of this book is great though. As the synopsis suggests, this is part memoir and part self-help because each of the chapters comes complete with the 'How to Be Champion' tip. I loved this aspect of the book. Amy book...

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Brilliant book! Loved reading about Sarah’s life. So many laugh out loud moments.
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I’m a huge fan of Sarah Millican so when I heard she had a memoir coming out I was super excited. It was lovely to get an ARC to read ahead of publication and I’m so happy to say that this book was even better than I was expecting! How to be Champion is part-memoir and part self-help book, and it’s just everything you’d want it to be. Sarah’s brilliant humour shines through in this book and so does her honesty and warmth. I really loved reading this book. Sarah Millican is very open about her life and she shares personal stories alongside some advice on how to deal with similar situations that may crop up in your own life. It’s one of those books where you feel like the author is...

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Really enjoyed this book/ funny thoughtful/ soul going enjoyable even if you don't know if the comedie
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I enjoyed How To be Champion. I like Sarah Millican's stand-up, and this, too, is funny (of course), human and thoughtful. It may be worth beginning with a warning that there is a lot of very frank and intimate talk about sex and bodily functions of all kinds, often using what the TV continuity people would warn us is Very Strong Language. Personally I find this refreshing and often very funny, but if it's not your thing then this definitely isn't a book for you. It is a book for me, though. I liked the account of her growing up and becoming a comedian; it's easy to read, it made me smile and sometimes laugh out loud. There is also some sage advice based on her experiences, many...

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I quite like Sarah Millican but do not enjoy her type of comedy, so unsurprisingly I did not enjoy all of her book. However, putting aside her foul mouthed style, there is a lot to applaud. Genuine common sense to help would be comics and general tips for empowerment. I personally find her dirty take on most things a bit infantile, but like her vocabulary, it has made her popular and is what fans will expect. I think, it shows she has her finger on the pulse and knows exactly what works. I find it very creditable that she launched an online magazine and then switched to podcasts rather than unethically take advertising from companies she disapproved of. Here Twitter conversation...

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How to be Champion is Millican’s first book and is described as ‘part autobiography, part self-help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny‘. For me this perfectly sums up what I love so much about this woman – she is refreshingly normal (complete with anxiety, weight issues and love-life traumas), a warm and nurturing human-being (she wants to help other women with their own anxiety, weight issues etc) and is hugely funny in a way that makes you wince at her honesty (as you also guffaw at her utterly filthy turn of phrase). She isn’t perfect (and the Geordie word ‘champion’ doesn’t mean being the best but rather it means...

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A cracking good book. I'm not one for autobiographies much but I needed a break from my usual genre and How To be Champiom was the perfect book to choose. It was funny, witty and full of no fucks. I found myself laughing so much during the read of this book and I thought Sarah's ability to take the piss out of herself while not giving a rats arse was brilliant. We need more people who can do that - people who are so unbothered by other people's opinions. Hats off to you Sarah. Champion book.
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As much humourous self-help guide as autobiography. How much you enjoy this depends how funny you usually find the author's borderline obscene stand up act. Personally I think she's hilarious!!!
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This reads like it was knocked out by a ten-year-old with touerrets, but Sarah Millican's autobiography, "How to be Champion", has an endearing honesty that makes it very readable. She writes about her life, with each chapter appended by a few comic how-to-be-champion suggestions to get the book onto both the biography and self-help shelves. If you're a fan of Sarah Millican's stage shows, which I am, then you won't be disappointed - the self-deprecating humour is there, as is enough references to willies and bodily fluids to keep the fans content. You do find yourself reading it in her Geordie accent. Worth a look for fans of comedy.
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This is a book that I will read again and again. I’m features all of Sarah Millican’s characteristic warmth coupled with her naughty humour. She is so honest and down to earth, sharing her love for her pets and husband (yes, I think I got those in the right order), her feelings about not wanting children and acceptance of her looks (she’s gorgeous by like a lot of women she doesn’t feel it). I enjoyed reading about how Standard Issue came about. We need more people like her in the world. A terrific, heart warming read for everyone.
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I love Sarah Millican finally I woman I can identify with. I just wish I'd known at school that it was ok just to be me. This book had laughing to myself like a slightly madwoman. Sarah Millican is indeed champion and is going to be my voice in my head from now on saying NO. A great read but also a handbook for life in general
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I am currently sat here with my fur baby cat on my lap and a plate of cake to my right having just finished this book feeling uplifted feeling that I am not the only eccentric and I can feel proud for being so. Having just been made single i needed a pick me up and Sarah has brightened my world. Have always loved this lady and her positive attitude so expected to like this book but didn't realise how much. This book made me laugh, cry and feel like things will get better without being condescending and wishy washy. She has given me the go ahead just to be my quirky self and not be ashamed - comfortable in the knowledge that I am 'normal' and can make myself happy all by myself. On the...

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No doubt many people are going to call this book Champion and it will become a well-worn plaudits - but that is quite simply because this book does exactly what it says on the cover. I have never been a fan of self-help books, but if they were all like this then I would be reading far more! First of all, I read this because I am a fan of Sarah Millican. I have seen her live and watched many of her DVDs and wandered around YouTube listening to bits and pieces. There is something about what she talks about in her stand up and general day life that makes me smile, laugh out loud and totally relate to. This is obviously an autobiography taking us through her days at school, right up...

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2.5 stars for this memoir/self-help book. I have always liked Sarah Millican - I haven't been to any of her shows but I have enjoyed her tv appearances and I applaud what she set out to do with her Standard Issue magazine. So I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I found I enjoyed How to be Champion less the more I read. As Sarah would say, it isn't my cup of tea. I did laugh out loud at some parts of the book, and I very much like what she has to say about body image, self-esteem, mental health and the media. But I was rather confused as to the book's intended readership, to me a great deal of it seemed to be written very simply as though for children - but given...

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A lighthearted romp through Millican's thoughts and past, similar to Caitlin Moran' s "How to be a woman" or Miranda Gary's memoir.
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Anyone who knows me knows I like comic autobiography, normally with a feminist bent. I like Sarah Millican and was looking forward to this. Unfortunately it's not especially funny and lacks and feminist argument, there's not even any comment upon women in panel shows or representation on bills. There are funny moments, normally a cleverly placed word at the end of a sentence. "A dishcloth that smelled of the past" nearly had me spit out my tea (in context, here it sounds a bit lit-fict!) It's also a little overlong for this sort of Xmas fare. That said, it's carefully inoffensive and bound to sell by the bucketload.
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