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Summary

Glasgow, 2019. Sharon has rushed home at the news her mother has been admitted to hospital. It's clear Senga's life is coming to an end. As Sharon gathers family and friends together to say goodbye, Senga, as always, does things in her own mysterious way. She instructs Sharon to find the red diary she kept in the 1970s and to read it. There's something Senga needs to talk about while she still has time. The journey into her mother's past is both shocking and surprising, forcing Sharon to re-evaluate her own childhood, her marriage and what she wants her own future to hold.

Glasgow, 1976. Life in the tenements of Shettleston is a daily struggle. You need your wits about you to survive, and your friends. Senga has both in spades: she is part of the Shettleston 'menage' alongside her friends Bunty, Sandra, Philomena and Isa, and whatever life hands to them—cheating husbands, poverty, illness, threats and abuse—they throw something back just as hard. These women are strong because they need to be. And they never, ever walk away in times of crisis—as Sharon is about to find out.

©2022 Janey Godley (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Vibrant, warm and often hilarious. An absolute delight." (Jane Fallon)

"Sharpest-elbowed comedy in the world." (The New York Times)

"A great comic." (Billy Connolly)

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Amazing

I don’t usually listen to a book narrated by the author, usually a robotic delivery.
Janey doesn’t read this book. She sits next to you and tells you.
I can’t commend this book enough. It’s a moving work of genius.
I worked with all those women, in a sweet factory in the 70’s. I was back there, little pointers to the time, so subtle I slipped back.
A beautiful tribute to all the hard slog of women struggling through a world of making money stretch.
Thank you for the most amazing listen.
You captured the time, wrote an amazing story, then told it holding me spellbound.
Buy this book in any form it’s the book of the year.

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Perfect !

I loved every minute of listening to this audible version of 'Nothing left unsaid' by the wonderful Janet Godley. Fell in love with each and every character, Janey brought them all to life and beautifully set the scene of Glasgow in the 1970s and present day. Highly recommended!

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brilliant

absolutely brilliant such a well written book I cried laughed and cried I'm giving it away but a great trip down memory lane you either knew or grew up with women like this made of steel and unfortunately a dying generation

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Read it all the way through in one night.

Absolutely loved this awesome book. You must read this. Another masterpiece by Janey Godley .

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brilliant

loved this story bloody brilliant . laughed and cried listening to Janey. amazing job

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Absolutely brilliant

Fantastic story, wonderfully read by Janey herself. You feel you're in Glasgow and living the story with Sharon and all the rest of the wonderful characters. A book for strong women and women who want to be stronger. You won't be disappointed.

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A laughed a grett

Whit a story , a could see it awe in ma minds eye it made me greet but it made me laugh tae . Warriors wimen yin an awe.

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Growing up in the East end this story is for you

what an amazing trip down memory lane and Janey nailed this story once again

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Brilliant

I don’t write many reviews but came to say that this was brilliant! Humour and pathos in harmony, I listen to books while I run and training for a marathon I need something to take my mind to other places - outstanding - the author should be congratulated!

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  • 30-07-22

Different

This is not the sort of book I would usually read, but because I read her autobiography, I thought, I will give it a go. Pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it. The narration was better than others I have listened to - maybe because it was the author who read it and the accent tied in.

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  • 29-05-22

An Absolute Gem!

This is a story about the magic of friendship, loyalty, and family. Senga lies dying in the hospital in Glasgow. Her daughter, Sharon, goes home to her mother. She calls her brother and sister and tells them they need to come, too. Senga tells Sharon that she’s got a hidden diary, and she wants Sharon to read it. Senga also wants Sharon to get her old pals from the Close together before she dies. Sharon reads the diary, and we’re taken back to 1978, where we meet Senga’s pals as young women, and learn the lengths they will go to in order to protect each other, and we learn about grown children who love and accept their mother unconditionally.

This book could have been dry and depressing, but it most certainly is not. It is a delight from start to finish. Janey Godley is a master storyteller and performer. I hope there are many more book to come from this extraordinary woman.

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  • 18-05-22

Absolutely brilliant!!!

Could not stop listening once started, although born in England done of the references of the 70s brought great memories- thank you. So well written and read - you are a star !!!