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MAKING IT How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Damian Lynch

Biography & Memoir • 7.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2021

Damian Lynch masterfully narrates this memoir by Jay Blades. From his impoverished, often turbulent youth in East London, Blades grew up to help the homeless and then became the host of the television program "The Repair Shop." Listeners hear how the trusting Blades first encountered racism at age 10, and became a street fighter and defender of others. Lynch dramatically conveys the diverse cultures, personalities, and accents of Blades's world, and recounts how he coped with dyslexia and learned to "upcycle"--repair items from a dump for resale--then taught homeless kids this marketable skill. Most memorable is Lynch's delivery of Blades's honesty, self-deprecating humor, and can-do motto: "If something's broken (including life), you can always find a way to put it together." S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2021]

Trade Ed. • Macmillan UK • 2021

DD ISBN $14.18

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