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  • Jolly Lad: A Menk Anthology

  • By: John Doran
  • Narrated by: John Doran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

Jolly Lad is a memoir about the recovery from alcoholism, habitual drug use, and mental illness. It is also about the healing power of music, how memory defines us, the redemption offered by fatherhood, and what it means to be working class.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jolly shocking!

  • By Jackie Chesbro on 12-07-16

Resonates loudly!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-16

For those of us lucky enough to grow up before the internet, in the uncertain but culturally rich times of seventies and eighties Britain, Jolly Lad will resonate as loudly as the music that obsesses the mighty John Doran. His plain speaking and honest, yet eloquent and erudite tone regales intimate ups and downs in his life and, in doing so, turns the key on ones own memories. So vivid are his testifications that they drew out the similarities and differences with my own life, to not only become better acquainted with Mr Doran, but to develop a greater knowledge of myself.

For those of you lucky enough to grow up with the internet, Jolly Lad gives important insights into what it was like to negotiate the world as an outsider without the on-tap support an online life can provide. Carried off without a trace of self-pity but with a candid joie de vivre and humbled humour, Jolly Lad responsibly recalls reckless episodes to form tales both cautionary and compelling.