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Summary

The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir.

According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfil the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark - a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir and would fulfil Patience’s dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man’s job and travel the world with a free spirit. 

Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn’t ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working-class London, running from skinheads and her overprotective mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand-up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she’d had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles and solving crimes. 

A collection of eccentric, addictive and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian.

©2021 Gina Yashere (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Absolutely Top Notch

I loved this book. It was inspiring, hilarious and real. What a woman Gina is, a real fighter in the best sense, busting stereotypes and never giving up on her dreams.

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Enjoyed getting to know Gina

Love Gina’s humour and knew nothing about her personal life. This memoire is an interesting insight into so many aspects of not just her life but the socio cultural and political context, the shocking racism she suffered, the comedy circuit and showbiz, the awful sexism. It was great to hear this read by her. Wishing her all the best success in the US.

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Only part way through…..

….. it’s brilliant. Gina’s wit shines through whilst listening to the crazy relatable tales of her childhood. Trying to savour it and not binge listen as I don’t want it to end!
Thank you Gina

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A pleasant surprise

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Relatable, funny, interesting and I hope Gina is working on a part 2 asap. We need more laughter 🙋🏾‍♂️

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Gotta love her!



I have to say I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it! And I appreciate hearing Gina reading it too.
💜💜💜 She is inspirational 💜💜💜

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fantastic, funny, informative and...

well I listened to it in three days, and now I want the next book.

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An absolute MUST READ / LISTEN!

Having been a fan of Gina for many years, I was so looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed. Gina weaved in and out of her childhood and her life journey with such dexterity, you would never know that this was her first book. I laughed I cried, I sympathised, got enraged at times, but most of all I delighted in getting to know this phenomenal Queen and admire her even more. I can now see where some of her famous characters came from and am eager to read more.So well done Gina..I for one am looking forward to your next installment!

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Hilarious and traumatising in equal measure

Gina Yashere is a great narrator - of course she is! She's a natural performer and she gives it her all here, too. Wonderful narration. She tells us her story, weaving in the social and political struggles that women, and in particular Black women, face, here in the UK, Nigeria and in all of the places she's visited. And she is a seasoned traveller, so she gives the reader many angles, all told with great comedic timing.

There's a wonderful throwback to the '90s in the book, too, which I enjoyed - give me a high five if you too had Reebok pumps!

Witty, serious and silly. You're in for a ride.

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Fab

Absutely brilliant enjoyed this so much and with Gina reading it made it even more fab,
Well done Gina I look forward to the next journey with you

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A trip down memory lane

Loved this memoir from Gina, open & telling it how it was but injecting her humour even though there were tough experiences. So great to see despite all her struggles she approaches life with such tenacity & determination & the will to succeed. It’s so well captured in this book. A highly recommended read or listen. Gina is a gift.