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Naturally Tan

A Memoir
Narrated by: Tan France
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Naturally Tan written and read by Tan France. 

In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix’s Emmy award-winning Queer Eye, tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humour and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of colour in South Yorkshire. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!) and happily marrying the love of his life - a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. 

Humorous and poignant personal essays are peppered with style advice, funny lists and the truisms that Tan has accumulated in his journey from South Yorkshire to Netflix. 

In Tan's own words, 'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.'

©2019 Tan France (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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I was hoping for more

I finished this book very quickly, however I won't be reading it again. I felt it lacked a certain depth which would have been more interesting, in my opinion, then the fashion hot takes that felt out of place in a memoir. It felt like a book only written after being approached with a book deal, as opposed to a story which needed to be told in this way. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great either.

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not gone on it

unfortunately I was not gone on this book, felt a bit sad for Tan as he seems to be still carrying a bit of bitterness about people who were mean/aggressive to him in his childhood/youth, it's not that he should not have the right to feel that but I would have though that as he has a global platform he would have tried to send fans a message that you grow above that bitterness instead of allowing it to stay there and get a kick out of little things like not replying to fb message from someone who was a total bee years ago . .

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Great fun read

This is a really good fun read. I have to admit that I've never seen Queer Eye and wasn't at all familiar with Tan France (I think Book Riot recommended the book) but he comes across as an incredibly likeable charming bloke. I'm not at all into fashion but I found the fashion tips quite amusing (and entertainingly bitchy). His life story is quite remarkable and while the showbiz stories are fun, he's at his best when he's talking passionately about his determination to be himself - he's rightly angry when talking about the racism he experienced as a child and the treatment of Muslims post 9/11, and his reflections on masculinity are really interesting. I'd recommend this, whether you're a Queer Eye fan or not.

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Lovely, heart filled story

Really enjoyed listening to Tan's story. He is vulnerable and honest throughout. Joy to listen to and wonderfully read by Tan.

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love it

slay them bitch! very good read interesting from the start all the way through c

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Love Tanny so much, great listen!

Tan France is an icon, hes also a great reader, perfect voice for audio books as his tone fluctuates enough to keep things interesting and I love that he put so much of his personality into the read and the writing.

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Amazing book

Loved entire book, couldn't stop listening. Tan is amazing so down to earth. Never change

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Great for advice!

I really enjoyed listening to Tan’s story, especially hearing that he was a job tart like me! After listening I’d love to hear/ read a book by Tan which gives business advice/ working advice. Not in huge detail but how to handle workplace situations, and as a business owner too! Loved hearing his story and the celeb guest as well

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Good account of the British Asian experience

Really conversational read - felt like a podcast (and not in a bad way!). so easy and fun to listen to. The only issue I had with it was the negativity. Tan can be a little bitchy and self righteous and it kinda bums you out a bit. I guess it's a raw account of his life though so I'm glad he spoke his truth!

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Lovely and fantastic

So wonderful to hear the story of a South Asian who also is queer. Its hard to find representation in minority groups and relate in struggles. I also love his honesty and sassiness!!!

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  • 09-10-19

I knew I had to listen to it!

I love reading books but find myself spending a lot of time in the car, driving. Started listening to podcasts and this is my first audiobook! I already bought a signed copy but could not wait till it came in the mail. So.. hello instant gratification. It was a joy to listen to Tan narrate his story in his very distinct and delightful way. I laughed and cried... very touching and personal, shining light on discrimination and how normal gay marriage really is - Filled with love! Antoni’s guest appearance was such a treat too!

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  • Siew Wei
  • 20-06-19

A great book to listen too instead of read

This is like having Tan talk to you 1 on 1. He shares a great deal of himself in the book.