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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091908775
ISBN-10: 0091908779
Format: Paperback
(179mm x 111mm x 26mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Janey Godley

Janey Godley is a 42-year-old mother from Glasgow and something very different on the comedy circuit. She has performed stand-up all over the world and had her first play performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. This is her first book.