Speaking about the book, Jay explained: “I’m in a position where people are looking at me and the articles written about me and so on and so forth, and I thought, ‘You know what, let me tell people exactly what’s happened to me and where I’ve got to where I’ve got to.’
“A lot of people just know me as Jay from The Repair Shop but no one knows the true me.”
He added: “And knowing the true me will inspire people to achieve things at the later times of their lives. Or just show people that no matter where you’re from you can actually achieve something.”
Jay Blades’ Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life is out now.
The Repair Shop airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm.