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Sunny Side Up: a story of kindness and joy

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  601 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The Calmanifesto of Happiness. Comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman danced her way across our screens and into our hearts for 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, but how did this ability to find joy change her life?

Susan Calman's enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan's first book, had a clear aim: to help
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Two Roads
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a super lovely read and made me smile loads.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A great Calmanifesto - having seen her stand-up live, its lovely to get a peek behind the curtain and hear her as she really is. I really liked the anecdotes and tweets describing acts of kindness scattered throughout the book. Her insights and reflections on how she has become braver, kinder and more joyful were funny and, at times, moving. It was a nice, enjoyable read. ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Each turn of the page brought a little more joy. Didnt really want to finish it. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this - it made me laugh and shone a light through the January gloom. Susan Calman has such a strong writing voice, and her outlook on kindness and joy reminded me of whats important in life. To move past the divisions and barriers in our society, kindness and community need to be our focus. It helps that I also adore cats, because she is definitely a mother of cats! ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like her, not overly keen on the book. There is a phase that book publishers are going through where they are getting comedians to write books. Started with kids books and now adults, in particular this type of lite self help book. I agree with the sentiment, we should all cheer up and be kind, and what I am about to say is not particularly kind (but this is a review site and there is no point in being falsely kind by giving it a good review) but it just feels a bit trite. But I stress, I like ...more
Louise Douglas
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Ive been seeing Susan Calman more and more on tv since her appearance on Strictly Coming Dancing she was my favourite that year! And I really feel like shes a ray of sunshine she makes me smile when I see her.

So it was surprising to me that she struggles with depression. It shouldnt be a surprise as I have learnt over the last couple of years how easy it is to put a happy face on when you feel the complete opposite, but it was a stark reminder that things arent always what they seem.

I think
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can truly say this book made me laugh, Ugly Cry and Joyful.
A mix of stories from Susan's life and her latest Tour. She asked audience members to tweet her Acts of Kindness, and they are scattered through-out this book. Wonderful.
From her last book about Depression, you know Susan was not always a Joyful person. And to read yet another book on 'How to Get Your Happy On' would be annoying.....
This is not that, this is far from a 'How Too' Book.
It's a group of joyful events from a
Jane Flynn
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I didnt know I needed to read until I read it! Susan Calmans Calmanifesto of kindness and joy was an absolute tonic and should be prescribed reading for the cynics of this world - amongst which I must reluctantly count myself. Its about finding kindness in the simplest of deeds, the book is scattered with acts of kindness done by and for ordinary people, who tweeted them to Calman following a request for these from audiences at her stand-up shows. The book also tells us to be ...more
Dawn Gill
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Susan Calman for years (Thanks Radio 4), and bought the first of her books - Cheer Up Love because I had a friend experiencing some pretty awful mental health at the time. I found that useful and Susan was kind enough to sign my copy when she visited Exeter. I was keen to read this next book because I'm also one of those people constantly expecting the worst, but hoping for the best, looking for the light in each situation and trying to be cheerful. So much so that I actually ...more
Jan Duthie
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
How do you manage to write a happy book about having depression? Susan Calman certainly has found the solution. Its not preachy or formulaic Susan simply tells us how she found a way to make herself happy and for her the answer was dancing. I know Strictly certainly adds sparkle to Autumn and Winter nights but for Susan it showed her how to have fun and we all got to watch her sparkling her way through each Saturday night having fun. We may have two left feet or cloth ears but we can find our ...more
Katy Wheatley
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this to read by Amazon Vine. If you like Susan Calman you will love this, because it's basically her in book form. At its heart is the transformative effect that appearing on Strictly Come Dancing had on Susan. How it made her braver, how it made her think about the world differently. How, most importantly, it gave her joy, and how she translates that across into her every day life and tries to look at the world in a more positive way and share it with everyone. Having said ...more
Rachel Stephenson
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the book just as I enjoy listening to Susan Calman on the radio. She radiates good nature, with a lot of vulnerability that makes me want to take her home and make her her favourite tea then tuck her up in bed with my favourite teddy bear. I'm not sure I found the book particularly helpful on a practical level, and I didn't feel I'd learned anything by the last page, but then maybe that wasn't the point. It was just an oasis of people being nice to each other for a while, which ...more
David Campton
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
I haven't read Calman's first book, though I suspect it might resonate, given my personal experience of depression. This book also reveals some things I have in common with this diminutive Scottish comedian. I may not have issues re toilets or an unhealthy obsession with cats but I do believe that the world could do with a bit more kindness, starting with us being kinder with ourselves. I am currently reading another highly respected, if not revered, book that touches on such issues from a ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice book about kindness which I am sure I have read in its entirety in the voice of Susan Calman. I enjoyed reading her stories and found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I found myself agreeing with Susan on her views of kindness so for me it was an element of feeling like she was preaching to the converted. A feel good read that I would happily recommend to other readers.
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan Calman is a corporate lawyer-turned-comedian who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017. In this book, which refers heavily to her Strictly experiences, she urges readers to practice kindness and thereby bring joy to themselves and others. Its not the deepest of messages but I liked the wry, at times pointed, humour she deploys when sharing her experiences and making her arguments and I hope that it brings her more fans. ...more
Julie Pryke
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It makes you think!

Good to hear how a lovely woman can gain the confidence to show herself that she is just that! She displays her kindness on (almost) every page, whilst rejoicing in the kindness of others. It's a genuine, insightful, and very funny book which made me think about my own circumstances and perhaps better of myself. Thanks Susan! x
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The wisdom, insight and humour with which it was written had me giggling, nodding along with the text, and wishing I could be a sidekick for Community Action Calman! Kindness and empathy should be at the forefront of everything we do, and would make the world a better place almost instantly. I fully support the Calmanifesto - she gets my vote!
Lylia Ferguson
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book touched my heart in so many ways and has brought a few smiles to my face whilst we are in a time of crisis . It went from being talented to being famous to being an ordinary girl in Glasgow . The best place in Glasgow to get yer pic in the window is Coias Cafe. They love everyone from the local lass on the street to the celebrities . Can't wait to read the next on Cheer Up Love.
Richard Southworth
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a positive, honest and charming book, and while I wasn't always interested in the precise subject matter - Susan talks a lot about her time on Strictly Come Dancing, a show I've never watched - I could definitely get behind the overall theme of encouraging kindness and joy, and reflect on how I could seize more opportunities to be kind to people.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, kindle
Having read this book, Im not certain whether I want to give Susan Calman a big hug or put her in charge. In charge of what? Im not certain of that either but Im sure shell bring joy while being the Supreme Leader.
In all seriousness, I really enjoyed this, its both thought provoking and funny. What more do you need?
Emma Dargue
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant brilliant book on positivity and trying to find kindness and joy in everyday life. Having read Susan's previous book I had high hopes for her second and she didn't disappoint. Susan writes with incredible humour and poignancy and this book is brilliant and a manifesto on how society should be.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mbs
A lovely book where Susan is trying to spread more kindness and joy.
Reading it made me smile and there was some heartwarming tweets of kind actions form the public.
Also loved the part about litter,toilets and children.
really enjoyable book which also gets you thinking.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very honest, very readable and enjoyable book from Susan Calman. I could really hear her voice in my head as I read it, and will try to spread a little of the kindness and joy that she advocates.
Kate Henderson
I loved Susans previous book so I was desperate for this one. It was enjoyable and simple. Loved the fact that she narrated her book too! There wasnt much substance to it but the message of the books was lovely! ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Calman's basic philosophy in this book of "be kind & find joy where you can" isn't revolutionary. But, I don't think that matters. In fact, I think we need more reminders to be kind.

She is such a warm, down to earth author that book alone is joyful.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never knew I needed a Calmanifesto of happiness in my life until now but it made me laugh a lot. The world would be a better place if everyone read this book and tried to be a kinder and more joyful person because of it.
Memoir or manifesto? A bit of both. I didn't see Strictly when Susan Calman was on it so some of this was wasted on me and I didn't watch her transformation during the series. But I do believe in kindness. It made me smile a lot and laugh a bit. And that's always good.
Clare Hudson
Mar 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Struggling with this.... just doesn't seem to flow very well... and it's not exactly a "story" more "musings". Think it'll be something that I keep going back to in between other novels maybe.

No, won't be going back to this - the pull isn't strong enough.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely & deep. Be kind to oneself is not easy; it takes a philosophical mind and some efforts. The audio book is like a cuppa soothing night-time tea.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an uplifting and heart warming read . Good peoples are still out there . You made me chuckle and tear up in turn MZZZZ Calman
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