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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

Insightful, relatable, moving and actually pretty funny.

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Reviewed: 03-06-16

The drink and the writer, the music and the drugs, John Doran's memoirs convey the mess and depression of a life lived struggling with addiction without denying the power of intoxicants to deliver life-changing, mind-expanding and downright fun experiences.

It's almost like a confession at times, but he steers clear of remorse in favour of reflection, attempting to see blotted and hazy years with as much retrospective clarity as possible. Although addiction and depression have been a much more all-encompassing thing in his life than my own, they've still been a constant, and I found it all extremely relatable, from the alienating factory work as a young man, to the blown out emotional spectrum of fatherhood, with all the metal and acid house running through everything. Anti-glamorous, just like real life. Highly recommended.