Saturday, 3 March 2018

How To Be Champion by Sarah Millican | Review

Published by Trapeze 
Source: Own purchase. This is not a sponsored review
Genre: Autobiography & Memoirs
Themes: comedy, feminism, mental health, body image, self-help

Stepping into Sarah Millican’s How to Be Champion, I thought I’d find a kindred spirit. Bookish, Northern wallflower with a love of comedy? It was supposed to be a match made in heaven - but I quickly felt like an unwelcome reader. 

Many a chapter deal with the impact of bullying, making someone feel ashamed for who they are and the importance of being kind to one another however, it was sad to see that Sarah’s tolerance did not extend itself to matters of faith. Her frequent, (and frankly, off-topic) digs at religious people left a sour taste in my mouth, the phrase “practice what you preach” springing to mind. 

From a literary point of view the text was disjointed, repetitive and mismatched, despite being written in list form. However, there were some strokes of brilliance amongst the mundane. Weighing in on topics such as mental health, body image, feminism and building a career, Sarah’s insightful commentary resonates with women from all walks of life. Her emphasis on working hard instead of relying on talent alone was incredibly impactful and inspiring, already motivating me in my own life. 

It was in these moments that the book really shone, and I would’ve loved to have seen more sections like this instead of the dull (and often explicit) filler chapters that made this book hard to finish. I so wanted to love How to Be Champion but ultimately I’m walking away less of a Millican fan than when I started.

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