Through Thick and Thin: My Autobiography

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Random House, Oct 31, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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With his infectious energy and charisma, Gok Wan has an incredible gift of making women feel more confident within themselves - but it's not until you read his own inspirational story that you find out where he got that gift from.

Gok grew up on a Leicester housing estate, with a loving family who ran a Chinese restaurant. For his parents, food meant love - and Gok was so well loved that by the time he was a teenager he weighed 21 stone. Being Asian and gay as well, Gok felt lonely and out of place. He was an easy target for bullies and suffered terribly at their hands.

In a moment of inspiration, he decided to reinvent himself with his first style makeover and a larger-than-life personality to go with it. But his next move was to lose a devastating ten stone in nine months. In Through Thick and Thin, for the first time, Gok reveals all about that life changing period.

The lessons Gok learnt during this time helped him bounce back to become a stylist to the stars, every woman's best friend and a national treasure. In this intimate memoir Gok tells his full story in his own words. Whether he's recounting the horrors of childhood bullying or riotous anecdotes about his loving family, behind the scenes in the fashion world or TV shows, Gok's voice jumps off the page with all the honesty, wit and warmth we've come to know and love him for.

 

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User Review  - Clueless - LibraryThing

Don't you just love a rags to riches story? I saw this in the airport and was intrigued. Once I was home I bought the Kindle version and snarfed it down in one greedy gulp. The disarming language was delightful. Read full review

From camp to crying

User Review  - Lubeeluonline - Tesco

This book is such a gripping autobiography. From page one you can tell that it has been written with love. Some of Gok's stories are hysterically funny, and others will move you so much. Never before ... Read full review

Contents

Note from the author
Grandmas Eggs
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER ONE
 
CHAPTER TWO
Salt Fish Fried Rice
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
 
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
 
CHAPTER TWENTYONE

CHAPTER FOUR
 
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
 
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
 
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
 
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
 
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
 
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
CHAPTER THIRTY
 
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
Acknowledgements
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About the author (2010)

Gok Wan was born in 1974 to a Chinese father and English mother. He grew up on a Leicester housing estate before becoming one of Britain's leading stylists. He dominates the Channel 4 schedules with no less than three shows: How to Look Good Naked, Gok's Fashion Fix and Miss Naked Beauty, and has published three bestselling style guides to go with them.

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