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'We had our hardships, and there were times that we didn’t have a lot of food and didn’t have a lot of money. But that didn’t stop me having the time of my life.'

Making It is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless. In this book, Jay shares the details of his life, from his childhood growing up sheltered and innocent on a council estate in Hackney, to his adolescence when he was introduced to violent racism at secondary school, to being brutalized by police as a teen, to finally becoming a beloved star of the hit prime-time show The Repair Shop.

Jay reflects on strength, weakness and what it means to be a man. He questions the boundaries society places on male vulnerability and how letting himself be nurtured helped him flourish into the person he is today. An expert at giving a second life to cherished items, he speaks about how his role as a restorer mirrors his own life - if something's broken, you can always find a way to put it back together.

This audiobook contains an interview with the author.

©2021 Jay Blades (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Fantastic life story, very well read

This is a really interesting autobiography; kept me gripped to the end. Great choice of narrator brought the story to life. Fantastic!

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JUST AMAZING 🙌🙌

If you only get to listen to one audiobook make it this one.
It was amazing and Jay as an inspiration.
Read so we'll had me gripped from start to finish.
Just shows you how you can do anything in life no matter where you come from or what circumstances.
Jay is simply a legend.

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Phenomenal

Ground breaking bio, a relatable story written by an outstanding human being with so much love to give. Jay blades deserves an award for his stoicism and his resilience towards life's challenges.. Every family should have a copy on their bookshelf..

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a very good read, had me rivetted to the end.

i was rivetted listening to the narrator, i think it was brilliantly read and the different accents used were authentic. i felt so sad that as a child Jay faced such racism and hatred by bigots. He has been very honest in this book and i liked his unique way of communicating with the boy in the children's home and gaining respect from the troubled youths. although its not a conventional method. i was sad when it came to the end of the story. its a story of twists and turns and Jay has come through this as a shining star. i think he has much more to do with helping disaffected young people. being able to build trusting relationships with them is not something that just anyone can do.

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Fabulous book

This book is absolutely brilliant. It’s the first book I’ve read all the way through in a long time.
Honest and emotional. Couldn’t stop listening.

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Great read

Thank you Jay
I really enjoyed reading this book and felt it was honest and brave. Would love to see you on SCD though . Lol x

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Absolutely brilliant

I loved it from the first few utterance. I thought it was Jay talking. Damian Lynch narrated brilliantly. I cried and laughed so much. Jay gives hope to the underdog, the unheard, the lost and the marginalised. I want to give this book to everyone. Jay is such a realist. I believe so many will identify with his life experiences. I simply couldn't put it down. Jay has lived a thousand lives, and it has made him the great man that he is today. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him.

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brilliant read

loved it and was a lovely easy read
the honesty was fantastic well done jay

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refreshing

loved it. thougth provoking and inspirational.
a great read. a definite read. lots of respect.

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An amazing journey resulting in a positive way forward. Great read

Jay’s background resembled mine in so much as I was born and raised in Hackney as a result of the shallow views of parenthood out of wedlock at that time. Living in London, we moved south of the river when my stepdad arrived on the scene to take on twins from a US soldier who bolted back to the US to his marital family. The only difference between Jay and me, apart from an age gap was the colour hassles he’s endured in his lifetime, oh and the fact that I took kickings at school for being small at the time and Jay fought his way out. I joined the RN at 16 weighing a measly 8 stone, 12 years there fixed bullying and weight issues but I still had bad memories of school.
The book is a valuable life lesson in mistakes, negatives, positives and opportunities.
The take away from this is positivity, that comes across very strongly.

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love it

really love this and it make me thing that I can do something in my life more as I am dyslexic too and I didn't say anything thought out my child hood. u think that u are the only one going thought this. I think this book is amazing to read and see what u went thought thank u jay and keep up the good work though out your life x