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This Boy By Alan Johnson

This Boy by Alan Johnson

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Summary

This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children;This Boy is one man's story, but it is also the story of England and the West London slums which are hard to imagine in the capital today.

This Boy Summary

This Boy by Alan Johnson

'The best memoir by a politician you will ever read' Philip Collins, The Times School on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, the rock-and-roll years, the race riots; this boy has seen it all. ________ Alan Johnson's childhoodwas not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in Britain's post-war slums, but in its transition from being part of a two-parent family to having a single mother and then to no parents at all... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child. This Boy is one man's story, but it is also the story of England and the West London slums which are hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries. ________ PRAISE FOR THIS BOY: 'Moving and unforgettable' Sunday Times 'Poignant' Telegraph 'Eloquent' Guardian 'Wonderful' Spectator 'Tribute to two strong women' Daily Mail

This Boy 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 *
"Neither mawkish nor sentimental, it is an evocative, filmic account on an early childhood... would make a fabulous drama that, for all its squalor, lifts the spirits" -- Judith Woods * Daily Telegraph *
"a testament to the power of family love and a tribute to two strong women" -- Ian Birrell * Daily Mail *
"Wonderful and moving... unreadable with a dry eye" * The Times *
"the biography of a politician like no other - beautifully observed, humorous, moving, uplifting; told with a dry self-deprecating wit and not a trace of self-pity" -- Chris Mullin * Observer *
"No ordinary politician's memoir ... wonderful." -- John Grimond * The Spectator *

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 was the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle until his retirement from politics in 2017. His first book, This Boy, won the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize in 2013. His second, Please Mister Postman, won the National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2014. His third, The Long and Winding Road, was published in 2016 and won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir.

Additional information

GOR005532294
9780552167017
0552167010
This Boy by Alan Johnson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2014-02-27
304
Winner of Orwell Prize 2014 Winner of Ondaatje Prize 2014
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