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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.

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  • Jolly shocking!

  • By Jackie Chesbro on 12-07-16

Bloody treat

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Reviewed: 27-04-16

What did you like most about Jolly Lad: A Menk Anthology?

A story full of trauma told by someone who hates the idea of telling a story full of trauma.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour, and a vivid insight into alcoholism by someone who has wandered an alternative path in all aspects of life.

What about John Doran’s performance did you like?

Oh it is perfect. Just the right side of monotonous with the excellent occasional accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Maybe not 'moved' but I particularly enjoyed the chapter where John discusses concept of privilege with his drug dealer. It moved me to much laughter.

Any additional comments?

A glorious man and engaging story to spend ten hours in the company of.