Archive November 2017




Blackpool week has been and gone, and it’s getting harder and harder to write about Susan on Strictly without sounding a bit ‘schmaltzy’.

But, as Susan rightly points out, Strictly is schmaltzy, wonderfully so: it’s full of sequins and schmaltz and seriously complicated footwork,
and for eleven weeks now (that’s right, eleven weeks: somehow, hideously, it’s practically December) it’s been a source of sheer joy.


And it’s  been wonderful to hear how much the winners of our giveaways have been enjoyingCheer Up, Love. This week, as promised, there’s another giveaway. You know the drill: retweet, give us a follow, and cross your fingers.

We’d also like to share some of our favourite quotes from the book, a poignant, deeply personal and painfully funny discussion of what it means to live with depression (a.k.a. The Crab of Hate), and finding joy in life.

“The problem is that depression is like all-male comedy panel shows. No matter how much you want them to piss off, they’re still there for everyone to see.”

“I may have left my day job behind but, much like herpes, there’s no real cure for being a lawyer.

It could be worse! No, no it couldn’t. Right at this moment, in my head, nothing could be worse. I couldn’t feel more awful and ugly and sad. Leave me to my misery and this giant bowl of mashed potato I’ve made for myself.

“I’ve never recovered from the time I watched Up. The first ten minutes destroyed me.”

Best of luck to Susan and Kevin this Saturday, dancing the American Smooth to Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea”

Happy listening, and happy weekends all.

#TeamCalman #StrictlySusan

continue reading »


They only went and did it. Susan and Kevin are off to the bright lights Blackpool!

And we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Mostly because we’re not sure the BBC is ready for what may be the end of the world as we know it when the forces for good of Susan plus Kevin and J.K. Rowling are united under one, glitter-stained roof. Watch this space.

Things are getting real now.

Really real.

So real that Susan and Kevin could be heading to Blackpool this time next week, joined by none other than J K Rowling.

This would be a collision of nearly all of our favourite things, and people, in one shiny sparkly episode of Strictly.

As exciting a prospect as that is, it’d be wrong to forget how far they have already come: from foxtrots to jives, from Viennese Waltzes to Wonder Woman costumes, Susan and Kevin have been an absolute delight, bringing cheer to increasingly gloomy winter evenings.

This week, they’ll be dancing the Tango to Katy Perry’s Firework (which, incidentally, is an absolute cracker of a song)

And, as ever, we’ll be giving away signed copies of Cheer Up, Love  (T&Cs at the bottom of this blog post!)

So if you’ve missed out thus far, do try again: we’ll keep giving them away, as long as you keep voting, to keep Susan dancing. It’s a win-win-win.

Click here for a preview of Calman’s hilariously, movingly honest wit and wisdom in Cheer Up, Love.

#TeamCalman #StrictlySusan

continue reading »

The polls are in and it’s official: the world is a better place with Susan Calman in it.

Especially when it’s Susan Calman, on Strictly, showing us the true meaning of joy.

And it turns out joy is dancing to Queen, dressed as the Queen of Dragons, and cheering up a nation’s Saturday night.

Here are some of our highlights from the past week:

The politest fan:

Couldn’t have put it better ourselves, actually.

A surprise message: 

From one Queen to another.

And, of course, the main event: 

We’ll be safely installed on our sofas come Saturday night, ready for Susan and Kevin to show us their best jive.

#TeamCalman #StrictlySusan

p.s. this Monday next marks Susan’s birthday, so please join us in wishing her a day full of celebrations, and a lifetime full of dancing (literally and metaphorically speaking)


continue reading »

Two Roads is an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton.
Two Roads is a trademark of Hodder & Stoughton.
© 2011 - 2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited.
Registered in England and Wales with company number 651692.
Registered address: Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

Privacy Notice|Terms & Conditions|Cookie Policy