Shadowman, Johnny Daukes
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Records of a Life Corrupted

Author: Johnny Daukes

Narrator: Johnny Daukes

Unabridged: 15 hr 49 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 10/27/2022


Johnny Daukes’ memoir Shadowman tells the story of a young life corrupted by sexual abuse and a subsequent journey writing music, comedy and film that amounted to an unconscious recording and processing of that early trauma. The author’s experiences playing in bands, writing and performing radio and TV comedy and refusing to be defined by the inexplicable events of his youth makes for a fascinating, compelling and frequently hilarious dissection of an unconventional life.Shadowman becomes more complex and outrageous with every chapter: The malign presence in the family of the Catholic sect Opus Dei, the abuser becoming part of the family through marriage, the terrible realisation as further victims come to light. And yet all the time, Johnny Daukes walks a fine line between making your heart break and your sides ache.With frequent reference to lyrics, sketches and scripts that he wrote throughout his career, at the time unaware of their true significance; this is a memoir that laces brutality with hilarity, trivia with profundity and showbiz excess with lacerating self-analysis.Written with an irreverence that conceals big questions about pain, art, memory and love, this is a unique book that is melancholy but never mawkish and at its heart is an affirming appetite for life. The rich and eclectic production of the audiobook betrays Johnny Daukes’ background as comedy writer, musician, voice artist and recording engineer and it oozes the rackety gallows humour of a true maverick."What a unique book Johnny Daukes' Shadowman is. On the surface it's memoir, but at its heart it's a book that wrestles with big questions about pain, art, memory and love." Mat Osman"Shadowman is an emotional and powerful read, deeply honest and very personal, and at times bearable only by Johnny Daukes' ability to find comedy in horrific circumstances. An astonishing piece of work." David Quantick