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REVIEWS

"HANDSTANDS IN THE DARK"
by Janey Godley
editor John Fleming
(2005 + 2006)


Hardback: No 3 Bestseller
Paperback : Top Ten Bestseller
WH Smith Book of The Month
"Favourite Read of 2005" as voted
by listeners of BBC Radio 4's Open Book series


"The utterly compelling autobiography Handstands in the Dark
has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon... un-putdownable...
the writing is sensationally good"
Daily Telegraph

"Against all odds, she has turned her life story
into an inspirational book"
Daily Mail

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

"A remarkably engaging and fluently written
memoir of a life that makes the McCourt family
look like the Von Trapps"
Observer

"Makes Frank McCourt's story look like a walk in the park.
This is a harrowing but really readable book."
'Good Morning' - TV New Zealand

"A natural storyteller... For someone so refreshingly
gobby, it's hard to imagine how she ever kept
the secret that she did."
Daily Record

"Her enthusiasm and sheer optimism have helped her survive
life's cruellest blows where others might have crumbled."
The Sun

"A life that would try the patience of a saint...
it’s doubtful you’ll be able to choke back the tears."
Metro

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

"A fantastic book. You will keep turning those pages.
You do cry and you laugh and it's raw No punches are pulled...
but it's absolutely not a 'poor me' book.
"
Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland

"Rather than a bleak cautionary tale, her story is
exhilarating, uplifting and often extremely funny.
Ultimately it's a testament to the extraordinary
endurance of the human spirit.... She's brave
and honest enough to reveal her innermost emotions
and it's this raw sincerity that gives her streetwise revelations
such savage bite... It's a distressing yet life-affirming read."
Guardian

"Gothic biography... Amid such dark subjects it's easy to forget
that Godley is very much a limelight sort of woman.
Not just courageous but mouthy and irrepressibly funny...
Harrowing but life-enhancing."
The Scotsman

"A disturbing but ultimately uplifting true account
of overcoming a traumatic childhood in Glasgow."
'Open Book' - BBC Radio 4

"Vividly evoked... no punches-pulled...
relieved by innate good humour and unflagging optimism."
Choice magazine

"She is making waves with her hard-hitting autobiography."
Mail on Sunday

“Genuinely compelling... she deserves the sales.”
Glasgow Herald

“I just couldn't put it down. I don't think I've read
many books that quickly. Her story followed me around
the whole time - it was as if I was living it..”

Nicholas Parsons - Sunday Times

“The word 'unique' has been repeatedly used about her
and was only strengthened by the publication
of her astoundingly honest, blood-spattered autobiography.”

Mensa New Zealand magazine 'Menzed'

“Written with... an astonishing generosity towards so many,
this is a disturbing, moving and authentic book,
which can demand to be read in one sitting.”

The Skinny

"This is Janey's life story and it's gripping stuff!"
OK magazine - Hot Stars

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