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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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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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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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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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An unexpected journey

A moving and riveting read. A lesson in survival love, tenacity and intelligent emergence. Thank you for inspiring individuals to have the strength to choose..

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the story beyond the swearing

loved the story except the swearing it reminds me off my own childhood I laughed and cried

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What a fabulous, amazing woman.

A must read and listen to. Janey is amazing and brings you along on her life journey with an emotion that envelopes you. Thanks Janey.

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Utterly Brilliant

I cannot express just how much I have loved listening to this and didn’t want it to end. The most horrendous, heartbreaking, shocking and the worst part, real story I have ever heard.
After listening to Nothing Left Unsaid which was brilliant, I then had to go straight to Handstands in the Dark.
Janey Godley, a huge THANK YOU from me. You got me through lockdown living on my own with your Nicola takes which I shared to all my English friends, Your podcasts are wonderful and you are the bravest, funniest, brilliant comedian and writer. Here’s to your next book and the start of your road to recovery.

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brilliant

loved it so honest too. can't wait for more books from janey godley what a woman

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Brutally honest fantastic autobiography.

I listened to this brilliant book on Audible, Janey narrates it herself which makes it even more authentic. Brought up in the 60s-70s Glasgow's East end, she had a truly tragic childhood brought on by poverty & years of sexual abuse from a very early age at the hands of her mother's brother. (Heart breaking to listen to). She married into a very challenging and dysfunctional family that didn't give her the Support or gratitude she richly deserved. I can't really add much more as it's all been said before, But I can add truly that she has shown such bravery and tremendous strength of character (Warrior Woman) and deserves a life full of love & happiness ever after. 😍

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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.

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  • Stephen Ward
  • 20-11-21

A triumph from Janey Godley!

Narrated impeccably by the author - this story is about triumph over adversity. Sad, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure.
HIGHLY recommend.

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  • 16-11-21

Authentic and powerful autobiography

This incredibly written/ spoken book holds a life story full of the reality of poverty, drugs, abuse, and death - all woven about the resilience, bravery, and self-awareness that the author continued to cast into the dark troubled waters beyond each step. The light moments and humor were wonderful respites. Wish I were that courageous to write my own.