Preordered it on here after listening to Susan’s podcasts with other comedians about their mental health as I liked her warmth. It is a fab book. Funny, entertaining. Just like she is sitting beside me, surrounded with her cats telling me how she sees it. Would recommend it to anyone. I nodded, laughed and snorted tea over the spaniels.
In which Susan Calman puts forth her argument for putting more joy in yours and other people's lives. It's a timely message that the world might be a bit less miserable if people cared for their surroundings (Community Action Calman made me smile) and for each other - lots of rather lovely examples of spontaneous kindness from the audiences for her standup shows.
There is also a fair bit about her time on "Strictly Come Dancing" and her dance partner Kevin. The experience seems to have done wonders for Susan's self confidence and happiness and is an amusing and platonic love story between a lesbian and the man from Grimsby. I must confess to a slight bias here as I like a lot of things that Susan also likes, such as cats, dancing and the previously mentioned Kevin, but the stories she tells simply confirm our good taste.
Those who know her comedy from Radio 4 will be able to hear Susan's voice clearly throughout, the book is written in her dry, laconic style. I've always enjoyed her comedy, it's thoughtful and slightly sardonic, not going for the belly laugh, but it makes you think.
Cynics won't like it, but if you are a grumpy git and want to make your life a bit happier you could do worse than follow her advice.
A wonderful book, full of humour and positivity, but not schmaltzy in the least - just good, solid, fabulous writing, a wry wit and sharp observations. I want to live nextdoor to Community Action Calman!!
Thoughtful, thought provoking, helpful and funny. An intriguing look at how we go about our lives and whether being kinder will help the world be a better place. It begins here. What a lovely cardigan!
Susan is right. If people were kinder the world would be a better place. Much of what she says resonates with me and even though I'm nothing like her I can relate to so much in this book. It's funny, honest and thought provoking all at the same time. I enjoyed reading it very much.
Loved this funny, heart warming book from a very funny lady. She may be small in stature, but she's mighty in character. If only there were more Susan Calman's in the world. Keep spreading the kindness!
Susan Calman lives a real life and her approach to being a good human being is a lesson to us all. We all need to be less self absorbed and look around and engage with others. Kindness is definitely a good place to start and then maybe we will all catch the mood...