Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life (Hardback)
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Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 13/05/2021
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The TV favourite and star of The Repair Shop opens up about his troubled youth and experiences of racism, and how he turned his life around to become a leading restorer and national treasure in this warm, inspirational memoir.

We had our hardships, and there were times that we didn't have a lot of food and didn't have a lot of money. But that didn't stop me having the time of my life.

Making It is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless. In this book, Jay shares the details of his life, from his childhood growing up sheltered and innocent on a council estate in Hackney, to his adolescence when he was introduced to violent racism at secondary school, to being brutalized by police as a teen, to finally becoming a beloved star of the hit primetime show The Repair Shop.

Jay reflects on strength, weakness and what it means to be a man. He questions the boundaries society places on male vulnerability and how letting himself be nurtured helped him flourish into the person he is today. An expert at giving a second life to cherished items, he speaks about how his role as a restorer mirrors his own life - if something's broken, you can always find a way to put it back together.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529059199
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 486 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 26 mm


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“Exceptional book - page turning”

I had read parts of the life story of Jay in a newspaper so was curious to read this and what a read. I could not put it down and read it in one day.
Jay has a fascinating life story and I will not say much in my... More

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“Inspirational and passionate memoir”

This is an inspirational and passionate memoir from someone who wants to make the world a better place.

Jay Blades who many of us will know from the heartwarming TV show The Repair Shop shows us how he got to the... More

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“Loved it !!”

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book pre-publication.
I LOVED it........Jay is a figure we all recognise from the television and the book is written (thanks to some wonderful software and a ghost... More

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