JANEY

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Author: Janey Godley

Category: Biography & True Stories

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781399728034

RRP: $55.00

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‘A great comedian and an extraordinary life’ – Billy Connolly

Comedy legend and national treasure Janey Godley shares her extraordinary life with candour and humour as she faces cancer head-on.

Janey has been a determined fighter all her life – from her tough Glasgow childhood to becoming the much-loved comedian she is now. It was the strength she needed to survive as a sweary-mouthed woman in the male-dominated comedy clubs of the 1990s.

She needed it again when she brought a case against the uncle who’d abused her as a child. A terrifying ordeal – but she won.

From rocky beginnings, Janey started to gain big audiences at home and internationally. Awards rolled in for her acting and writing too. She was at her height, and with a soaring online following for her hilarious political voice-overs, when in 2021 hurtful, historic tweets were unearthed which shook her to the core. In the eye of the media storm, her spirit was nearly broken, but her fanbase stayed strong.

At the end of the long sell-out tour which followed she received the devastating news she had ovarian cancer. Her future hung in the balance, but even in treatment, a new tour went ahead, called Not Dead Yet. Janey now faces her fears head on and shares the tumultuous journey she’s on, continuing to find humour even in her darkest moments.

Inspiring, funny, open-hearted, Janey celebrates everything this hilarious and defiant woman is – against the odds – and confirms just why we’ll never want her to shut up.

Multi-award-winning Scottish comedian, playwright, award-winning blogger, best-selling author and former Scotsman newspaper columnist Janey Godley has performed her comedy shows and one-woman play The Point of Yes around the world, including off-Broadway in New York. She has been a regular co-presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and had her own BBC Radio 4 series The C Bomb, written and presented with her daughter, the writer and comedian Ashley Storrie. Her books include her childhood memoir Handstands in the Dark and the novel Nothing Left Unsaid. Janey was born in poverty in Glasgow in 1961 where she still lives, and in 2023 she won the inaugural Sir Billy Connolly Spirit of Glasgow Award.

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