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Summary

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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Amazing book from start to finish!

Janey Godley has kept us laughing during the COVID-19 pandemic with her voiceovers and livestreams. Having just listened to her recount her life story I am amazed she is not in a padded cell somewhere. She has risen above her humble start in life to become a much loved comedian, actress and broadcaster, a truly remarkable lady!

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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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I wept and I cried listening to Janey's story,...

brilliant, I didn't want it to end. I loved the way Janey told her story, with sadness and humour, never self pity.

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Fascinating - Not a ghost written standard celeb tome.

A serious life story about a Storrie.
Glasgow is awesome…and not so awesome at times.

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Wonderful

This really is an amazing book. it is not an easy listen and covers many subjects that may be deeply unpleasant for some people to hear but this is the story of a remarkable woman who deals with real adversity and made herself one of Scotland's top Comedienes

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Loved it.

I absolutely loved this book. Fabulous writing and excellent narration. This book had me laughing, crying and clutching my chest in fear. What an amazingly resilient woman Janie Godley is ...so good to hear her story.

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Heartbreaking and uplifting

Janey Is a natural story teller and her story is one to be heard. Violence, sexual abuse, gangsters yet she manages to tell her life story with comedy and heart felt warmth

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Excellent I didn't want it to end.

This verbalisation of Janey's life is breath taking. For someone to endure such a horrendous situation and come out the other side with comedy is down to an amazing resilience of character. I was addicted and listening in the car on my way to work, in bed until the early hours. I craved more but didn't want it to end. Fabulous from beginning to end. Recommended 100%.

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Wonderful book

I thoroughly enjoyed Janey’s book although it’s an extremely hard listen at times, I frequently found myself in tears. Beautifully written and narrated I was totally immersed in the sights and sounds of the time.

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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.

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