Janey Godley tells her unique life story. Brought up amid near-Dickensian squalor in the tough East End of Glasgow and sexually abused by her uncle, she married into a Glasgow criminal family as a teenager, then found herself having to cope with the murder of her mother, violence, religious sectarianism, abject poverty and a frightening family of in-laws. First-hand, Janey saw the gangland violence and met extraordinary characters within an enclosed and seldom-revealed Glasgow underworld. From the grim and far-from-Swinging 60s, to the discos of the 70s, to the tidal wave of heroin addiction which swept through and engulfed Glasgow's East End during the 1980s, Handstands in the Dark is an evocative, intimate and moving portrayal of a woman forced to fight every day for her family's future.
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A remarkably engaging and fluently written memoir of a life that makes the McCourt family look like the Von Trapps. -- The Observer
Exhilarating, uplifting and often extremely funny...Raw sincerity that gives her streetwise revelations such savage bite -- Guardian
From the first page... Janey Godley, a natural storyteller, has you in her grip -- Glasgow Evening Times
Genuinely compelling -- Glasgow Herald
Gothic biography... courageous -- The Scotsman
I found myself laughing... and crying -- Sunday Post
It’s doubtful you’ll be able to choke back the tears -- Metro
She is making waves with her hard-hitting autobiography -- Mail on Sunday
This is Janey's life story and it's gripping stuff! - FOUR STARS -- OK magazine
Vividly evoked... no punches-pulled... relieved by innate good humour and unflagging optimism. -- Choice magazine
An astounding dark memoir of murder, abuse and gangsters
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 91900298
Book Description Ebury Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091900298
Book Description Ebury Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091900298