Janey Godley
Janey Godley

Janey Godley

  • Scottish
  • Actor, writer and stand-up comedian

Janey Godley - Handstands in the Dark

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.

First published: Thursday 2nd June 2005

  • Published: Thursday 4th March 2021
  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Pages: 432
  • Catalogue: ‎ 9781529106862

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  • Published: Wednesday 30th November 2011
  • Publisher: Ebury Press

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