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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 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, wit and warmth we’ve come to know and love him for.

CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE.

©2010 Gok Wan (P)2010 Random House Audio

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Family matters

Gok takes the listener through the ups and downs of his rise to fame and how his success has been anchored in the love and support from his family. Spoken in his own words Gok charts his career with this underpinning message and that family is his first priority.

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  • Amy
  • 06-12-2010

Give it a go - you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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.

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  • Kayleigh stott
  • 20-04-2020

Amazing inspiration.

if you ever feel like you let yourself or others down, this is a book to lift that spirit again. loved every second.

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  • J Williams
  • 15-01-2011

'Through Thick and Thin' by Gok Wan

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2021

Brilliant

Great listen, loved it, it was a fantastic listen. Gok reading it himself makes it real

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  • R Tbul
  • 10-04-2021

A little short

Concise. As much I enjoy Gok's jubilant tones, his story seemed to be missing alot.

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  • Rebecca harding
  • 11-03-2021

fantastic

great,well read by gok,gripping,easy listening,interesting story and about his life, definitely recommend this book,when r u bringing out the next one gok

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  • abbie logan
  • 08-06-2020

Absolutely fantastic

So amazing and inspiring loved every second of it ive listened to it twice gok wan is just an incredible guy he has been through so much and come out the other side dtronger for it

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  • j03082
  • 23-05-2020

Read this

Gok is a soul that I enjoy watching and listening to. Although at times he reads a little too quickly I thoroughly enjoyed his story and couldn’t put it down

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  • panky
  • 28-05-2015

Great

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 😀

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  • Jean C.
  • 03-05-2015

Loved it

A true and sincere life story i would love to meet him in person , i recommend this book , a great inspiration

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