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A unique life story from a true survivor, read by the author.

Born in the tough East End of Glasgow and married into one of the city's most notorious criminal families, Janey Godley's young life was far from ordinary. From the grim and far-from-swinging '60s, to the discos of the '70s, to the tidal wave of heroin addiction which engulfed Glasgow's East End during the '80s, Janey was witness to an extraordinary underworld - as well as religious sectarianism, abject poverty and a frightening family of in-laws. Throughout it all, her indomitable spirit - and her vivid sense of humour - kept her alive.

A vivid, intimate and darkly funny account of a life less ordinary, Handstands in the Dark tells the story of how one girl escaped a chaotic family and became one of the UK's most popular comedic talents.

©2005 Janey Godley (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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I loved listening to this book, what a story. Janey reading it herself made it even better. Thanks a million for sharing her story.

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SUPER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A REAL PAGE TURNER

I have read Janey Godlys books few months back my self and enjoyed but the was something I couldn’t put my finger on it , then I came to be I should get it on audiobook. I use when I’m out walking my 2 wee dog I found myself giggling as it played in my ears a great storie about love,loss,illness in a wee pub In Glasgow I would give 100 🌟if I could

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Outstanding

Absolutely the best book. What a genuine, funny, sad and brutal at times life story. Amazing, brave, strong woman. Inspiring.

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I loved this book, it was thought evoking trying to visualise being in her shoes

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Amazing life story, beautifully and honestly told!

Janey Godley - brilliant as always!
I’m not usually an autobiography fan, but I absolutely love Janey Godley, and listening to her incredible life story in her own words, and her own voice was fantastic.

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fantastic

A thoroughly engagingly book that's delivered with Janey's usual great wit and charm. A classic for the future. Thank you, Janey.

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Survive and thrive!

Wow! An amazing life story, and what an amazing woman to have not only survived but also thrived. Some really funny and uplifting moments to help through the harder times. I thoroughly recommend the book and following Ms Godley's social media, she's helped me and a lot of people get through 2020 & 21.

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FascinatingJourney of Janey's Life

Loved this audio book. fascinating listen, strong independent woman who had such a challenging upbringing. I'm amazed at what she had to endure in her early years with parents who were struggling with thier own demons and she grew up a wife a mother and stayed so strong and resilient. putting up with such S*ite people around you you never allowed them to win . Good on you Janey x

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  • 06-06-21

Not for me

I like Janey Godley’s comedy and thought it would be interesting to read her memoir. I was very, very wrong. To be fair, I did not finish this audiobook. I just couldn’t. I got through 8 hours, which was one relentless slog of violence and misery, before I threw in the towel. It was too emotionally draining to continue to listen. I still find Janey Godley to be funny, but I really wish I had not gotten her memoir.