Autobiography - Press Reaction
"An astounding dark memoir of murder, abuse and gangsters"
2005: No 3 HARDBACK BESTSELLER
2006: W.H.SMITH'S 'BOOK OF THE MONTH'
2005: BBC RADIO 4's OPEN BOOK
2006: SUNDAY TIMES UK TOP TEN
compelling autobiography Handstands in the Dark has become
a word-of-mouth phenomenon... un-putdownable... her writing is sensationally
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."
disturbing but ultimately uplifting true account of overcoming a
traumatic childhood in Glasgow"
couldn't put it down... Her story followed me around the whole time
- it was as if I was living it."
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."
is making waves with her hard-hitting autobiography"
life that would try the patience of a saint... its doubtful
youll be able to choke back the tears."
compelling... she deserves the sales.
evoked... no punches-pulled... relieved by innate good humour and
all odds, she has turned her life story into an inspirational book"
enthusiasm and sheer optimism have helped her survive lifes
cruellest blows where others might have crumbled
set to be a
engaging and fluently written memoir of a life that makes the McCourt
family look like the Von Trapps"
Frank McCourt's story look like a walk in the park. This is a harrowing
but really readable book."
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."
found myself laughing... and crying."
natural storyteller... For someone so refreshingly gobby, it's hard
to imagine how she ever kept the secret that she did."
the first page... Janey Godley, a natural storyteller, has you in
word 'unique' has been repeatedly used about her and was only strengthened
by the publication of her astoundingly honest, blood-spattered autobiography"
with... an astonishing generosity towards so many, this is a disturbing,
moving and authentic book, which can demand to be read in one sitting."
is Janey's life story and it's gripping stuff!" - FOUR STARS