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 listen to 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, or describing what it is like behind the scenes in the fashion world or TV shows, Gok’s voice comes through with all the honesty, witm and warmth we’ve come to know and love him for.
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A friend recommended this to me and though I'm not a fan I thought I would give it a go, and its great. Heart-warming and very personal. Gok comes across like a really nice guy. He has been strengthened by his loving family and their care for him shines through. Worth listening to.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I was a bit sceptical at first despite loving his show 'Fashion Fix'. But Gok comes across as very warm, genuine and moving. Worth every penny and would definately recommend.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Just thought how honest this was being from Leicester myself knew the places being talked about ,so added to the enjoyment helped me to understand as I myself was over weight as a child was moved.made me understand eating disorder well done 😀
A true and sincere life story i would love to meet him in person , i recommend this book , a great inspiration
What made the experience of listening to Through Thick and Thin the most enjoyable?
Gok Wan Made This Book very enjoyable For me i loved it! I got to know his past and how hard he worked.
What did you like best about this story?
I Loved how he explained his Childhood and how he overcame his Bullies
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The Ending was the Best
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes At The End
This is a brilliantly written life story, very emotional in places, really funny in others, overall entirely inspiring, nothing like what I expected at all. Whether you are a Gok fan or not this is definitely worth a listen because of the subject matter of bullying, self loathing, low self esteem, cultural differences and challenges, struggling to make it, its all there laid bare plus much much more. Read in Gok's own voice which for me really did complete the package, I dont think the impact would have been the same with another narrator no matter how well spoken they were. It was nice to get up close and personal with one of our tv celebrities, I dont go in for sensationalism and this book had none of that which made a pleasant change from other autobiographies I've listened to in the past, this one is well put together, not OTT at all and certainly not a "love me please" tv personality advert either. Just an honest, true account of a life filled with many ups and downs and has that boy-next-door feel about it all too. Definitely recommended, witty, well written, extremely well read and spoken, I found it difficult to stop listening and finished this one in just two sittings then gave it to my teenage daughter to listen to as well who got a lot out of the experience in terms of reaffirming her belief that teenage girls discussing weight issues and trying to fit the moulds those glossy magazines and the media portray for them is not for her, she is even more proud of her shape and been empowered to show that as well after listening to the experiences described in this book. So thank you Gok for being so naturally inspiring through sharing your journey with us, really cant wait for a follow up book. Definitely a 5 stars rating for this one.
Fantastic insight to Gok. It just shows you how with utter determination you can make so much for yourself. I am so glad he never gave up he has helped change lots of peoples self image and given them a positive outlook. He is on my ultimate gay best friend wishlist!!
Listening to this book (read by the author, brilliant!)was a real eye opener. It made me understand how his experiences have enabled Gok to be really empathic with his 'clients' on TV, it isn't all show business 'show' but he has been there, having to face the bullying, so understands how people feel when they are not happy with themselves.
Well worth a listen