Gok Book Review – Through Thick and Thin

Below is the following review I did for The Southland Times. If you would like to read the review on their website, just click here.

By Gok Wan (Ebury Press, RRP $39.99)


As a huge fan of Gok, I was extremely excited to start reading his autobiography.

When I first picked up this book I visualised hours of fashion pleasure, because Gok has become a TV sensation for his talent in the style business.

However, I quickly found myself having to check the cover to make sure I was reading the correct book.

There was no fashion and it seemed like endless pages about his childhood and the troubles he encountered as an overweight teenager. And the fashion had been swapped for recipes. It read like a book of someone who was to become a celebrity chef, not a leader in the field of fashion. However, it was insightful to read the pressures a teenager can have when they are 21 stone.

To then lose the weight he was popping up to 100 laxatives a day and eating only 1 teaspoon of honey.

He developed an eating disorder and it was the loving support of his family that helped him to overcome this illness.

Then, towards the end of the book, we get to when his television career takes off. He was dressing singers and celebrities, and quickly become a household name around the world.

His popular TV show How To Look Good Naked changed the attitudes of people around the world.

The show has broken down body issues and taught people to love the skin they are in. I did enjoy the book but wish there had been less about his childhood and more about his stellar fashion career.

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