Handstands in the Dark: A True Story of Growing Up and Survival

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Brought up amid near-Dickensian squalour in the tough East End of Glasgow and sexually abused by her uncle, Janey 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. This evocative, intimate and moving portrayal of a woman forced to fight every day for her family's future will strike a chord with anyone who has ever struggled against adversity.

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Janey Godley is a stand-up comedienne, actress, and playwright whose shows, Good Godley! and Janey Godley Is Innocent, have gone from the Edinburgh Fringe to London's West End. She appeared in her own one-woman play The Point of Yes to critical acclaim in the West End and has performed her shows to long-term prisoners in Scottish jails. She writes an award-winning online blog, has written for a number of print publications and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends.

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"Inspirational."  —Daily Mail

"Harrowing but life-enhancing . . . courageous."  —The Scotsman

"Utterly compelling . . . a word-of-mouth phenomenon . . . unputdownable . . . her writing is sensationally good."  —The Daily Telegraph

"Gripping stuff! FOUR STARS."  —OK magazine

"I found myself laughing . . . and crying."  —The Sunday Post

"Exhilarating, uplifting, and often extremely funny . . . Raw sincerity . . . gives her streetwise revelations such savage bites."  —The Guardian

"From the first page . . . Janey Godley, a natural storyteller, has you in her grip."  —Glasgow Evening Times

"It's doubtful you'll be able to choke back the tears."  —Metro

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