Sunny Side Up
a story of kindness and joy
By Susan Calman
Susan Calman danced her way across our screens and into our hearts for over 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, how has this ability to find joy changed her life? This is her Calmanifesto of Happiness.
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?
'One of the kindest people I have ever met - a beautiful dancer and a beautiful person' Kevin Clifton
'Be good, be kind, be more like Susan Calman' Kirstie Allsopp
'Be kind to yourself - read this book, keep it on your bedside table or on your Kindle - even Kindle has the word kind in it' Sandi Toksvig
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 people understand depression. Sunny Side Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy.
These are extremely difficult and confusing times - people are cross and shouty. It's exhausting! But more than anything, people like Susan, people who don't hate other people, are apologising for the way that they think. Susan wants to make sure that they don't. That it's ok to love people, that kindness is something wonderful and brilliant and to bring on the joy.
So the mission is simple. To get the nation to join her in not being negative. To bring back joy, kindness and community, to find that joy in the little things in life and defeat the hate and fear.
Susan is a one-woman army of hope and joy, and she's ready to lead the nation in a different direction. This is her Calmanifesto of Happiness.
Born in Glasgow, Susan Calman escaped corporate law to become a stand-up comedian. She's a regular on radio and television panel shows like QI and The News Quiz and has presented Armchair Detectives, the recent travel series, Secret Scotland and the podcast Mrs Brightside. She recently appeared on Strictly Come Dancing where she made it all the way to Week Ten. Even more excitingly she won the Glitterball on the Strictly Live tour. An advocate for LGBTQ+ and mental health issues, she lives with her wife and cats in Glasgow.
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Not only is Susan ridiculously funny but she is also one of the kindest people I have ever met. The time we spent dancing together on Strictly was so much more than dance lessons. We laughed, cried and built a wonderful friendship and I learned as much from her as she did from me. I have always believed that the best dancers are the ones who have an ability to make people feel something and to make people smile. Susan does this on and off the dance floor which in my opinion makes her both a beautiful dancer and a beautiful person. — Kevin Clifton
If you think Susan Calman is sweet and funny you'd be wrong . . . she's hysterical and divine and one of the most life enhancing people you'll ever come across. If you can have ups and downs and come out like Susan then there's hope, lots of it. Be good, be kind, be more like Susan Calman. — Kirstie Allsopp
Be kind to yourself - read this book, keep it on your bedside table or on your Kindle - even Kindle has the word kind in it — Sandi Toksvig
She started writing it before Strictly and there's a fistful of sequins in there . . . This sheer joy at dancing finds its way into Sunny Side Up — Scotsman
An essential read — Sunday Post
Full of wisdom and humour, with the soft underbelly of the profound — Fi Glover, BBC Radio 4 presenter