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Triumph over adversity
on 10 November 2010
As a regular viewer of Gok's various television adventures I was always struck by how confident and full of beans this guy was, often envying his seeming endless ability to talk to anyone and everyone, without forgetting his championing of feeling comfortable in ourselves no matter what our shape or size. It must be said then, that reading his autobiography was a real eye-opener for me. Not knowing anything about Gok's life off-screen, I was very surprised to learn about all the struggles he faced as a child and as a young man. Gok's story is truly inspirational, breaking through the controversial lid that so often covers issues such as childhood obesity, mixed-raced families, eating disorders, and the isolation that we all feel at some point whilst growing up. I commend Gok Wan on his brutal honesty and open-heartedness in writing this book and allowing us all to share in his experiences. It is a lesson to us all that the life of a celebrity is not as perfect as it appears on the glossy exterior, and that even when you feel you can sink no lower there is always hope that things will get better.
An added bonus to Gok's wonderful account of his life is the personal recipes and letters that he scatters throughout the pages, which serve to let us into his heart just that little bit more. An absolute triumph of a book, Auntie Gok!