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Boswell - Alan Johnson

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Alan Johnson
12.00pm

From the condemned slums of West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s three volume, award-winning autobiography charts with trademark honesty and great narrative flair an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.

In conversation with the BBC’s Scotland correspondent James Shaw, we discover Johnson the child, who survived a desperately poor background described in the bestselling This Boy, went on in Please Mr Postman to become a postman working all hours to support his growing family before climbing the ladder of the Post Office Union. In Johnson’s new memoir The Long and Winding Road, he is now a trade union leader seeing off attempts at privatisation before being plucked by Tony Blair to enter Parliament as MP for Hull West. He went on to hold seven ministerial jobs in the next decade ending up in 2009 as Gordon Brown’s Home Secretary.

Beautifully written, deeply moving, funny and sad, Johnson is the real thing: a working class man from the poorest of backgrounds who rose to the top.

Concessions are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot card holders. Proof of entitlement will be required at the door for all events. Thank you.
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