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

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His path to personal and professional success has been fraught and winding - he ultimately fell into restoration through his activism to educate and empower marginalized youth. Along the way, he revisits key moments in his life that were shaped by not being able to read: the ‘learner’ class at school, the dead-end jobs he had to take because he had no qualifications, and not being able to read his children bedtime stories. I admit to being a trifle skeptical about the content, I suspect that an autobiography doesn't have to be quite as strict with the truth as a fully-cited biography does. He possesses an innate intelligence and sense of justice as well as never writing off the underdogs.

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Alongside posting a picture of the cover of his new book on Instagram, Jay wrote: "This is everything I’ve learned from going through ups and downs in life, and my advice on how you can work every day to reach your goals and live a happier and healthier existence.

Despite being humorous at times and showing a lot of Jay’s cheeky personality, this book isn’t a rose-tinted view of the world by any means - Jay addresses the ongoing racism issues in society, and he is brutally honest about his own life experiences with dyslexia. well overall I could appreciate the memoir and his story about him overcoming so many struggles from racism, literacy, growing into maturity and finding his place and passion in the world.

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We follow him through six months of online lessons with Emma, a volunteer trained in the phonics method. Possible I'm being harsh but Jay has littered his reminiscences with excuses without properly facing his own responsibility. Making It is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless. Jay Blades has announced his latest project – a new book sharing his lessons from the ups and downs of life. Blades is now only involved in the third one, but more distantly as his TV work increases and takes up more of his time).It was extraordinary to watch as the teacher applied different teaching methods to help his students. Working with disengaged and disadvantaged young people, Jay was able to mentor and support thousands of individuals over the years to realise their full potential. Nothing makes it clearer that the difference between literacy and illiteracy is not one of intelligence or ability – it is only education, and Blades’s childhood illustrates the contingency of that. He gained a degree in Criminology and Philosophy at Buckingham University in his thirties before finding his true vocation in restoration. He correctly lambasted his absentee father for abandoning his mother then repeats that mistake twice in his own adult experience.

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