This Boy

by Alan Johnson

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This Boy Synopsis

London's Notting Hill in the 1950s was an unimaginably different place to the white stucco splendour it's known for today. Alan Johnson's family lived in condemned housing, declared unfit for human habitation, in a cramped flat with no central heating, no electricity and no running water. His mother, Lily, battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and chronic loneliness to try and ensure a better life for her children. His sister, Linda, took on an adult's burden of responsibility and fought to keep the family together when she was still only a child. This personal story is played out against the background of a community on the verge of massive upheavals. We move from postwar austerity, through the early days of immigration and race riots, into the swinging Sixties, when Alan and his band recorded a record on Denmark Street and he became a teenage father and husband. No matter how harsh the detail, Alan writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of misery. In the end, This Boy is about success against all the odds, and paints a vivid portrait of a bygone era.

This Boy Press Reviews

The best memoir by a politician you will ever read -- Philip Collins The Times

 

A poignant memoir.Johnson writes wonderfully -- Mary Kenny Telegraph

 

Deeply moving and unforgettable -- Lynn Barber Sunday Times

 

A handsome and eloquent tribute -- Peter Wilby Guardian

 

Beautifully, beautifully written... his style is utterly simple, with a wit so understated that every reader will believe that he or she alone got it -- John Rentoul Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9780552167017
Publication date: 27/02/2014
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552167017
Publication date: 27th February 2014
Author: Alan Johnson
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: historical, political & military, Central government, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson was born in May 1950. He is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that, he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Johnson has been the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle since 1997.

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