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Please, Mr Postman

by Alan Johnson

Biography / Autobiography

Please, Mr Postman Synopsis

Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

Born in condemned housing in West London in 1950, with no heating, no electricity and no running water, Alan Johnson did not have the easiest start in life. But by the age of 18, he was married, a father and working as a postman in Slough. This sequel to Alan's bestselling memoir This Boy, describes the next period in Alan's life with every bit as much honesty, humour and emotional impact as his bestselling debut. Please, Mr Postman paints a vivid picture of a bygone era - Britain in the 1970s was a very different country to the one we know today - and reveals another fascinating chapter in the life of one of our best loved public figures.

The Good Book Guide Review

Alan Johnson’s debut This Boy was an outstanding political memoir and was rightly acclaimed for its honest portrayal of a challenging childhood told with humour, warmth and compassion. The same fine qualities distinguish his second slice of autobiography, which begins as he’s still nurturing vague hopes of rock stardom in the late sixties, and culminates with his time as a union official in the 1980s. As the title suggests, Johnson spent many of these years working assiduously for the Post Office, often taking overtime in order to support his growing family, and the volume chronicles the day-to-day working life of a postman with precision and affectionate detail. Seamlessly blending the personal and professional, the book charts his life as a family man on the notorious Britwell estate in Slough. Johnson’s characteristic warmth and optimism is coupled with a poignancy that again turns this into a truly superb and beautifully written memoir.

Please, Mr Postman Press Reviews

'The best political testament I have ever read' -- Peter Wilby New Statesman


'This boy can write...there's nothing second-rate about his writing. He is a natural' The Spectator


'A wonderful elegy for a life that has only just passed into history... Beautifully written, affecting and sad' -- John Rentoul Independent on Sunday


'A fascinating piece of social history' -- Daisy Goodwin Sunday Times


'Johnson's writing style is easy, relaxed, self-deprecating. His recall and eye for detail are impressive' -- Chris Mullin Observer


'Full of delights' -- Francis Wheen Mail on Sunday


'Like Johnson's previous memoirs, this latest instalment carries a first-class stamp' -- Caroline Jowett Daily Express


'Immensely readable Scotland on Sunday Beautifullly written... and vivdly observed' Daily Mail


'A charming book' Guardian

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ISBN: 9780593073414
Publication date: 18/09/2014
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593073414
Publication date: 18th September 2014
Author: Alan Johnson
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,

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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