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Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson was General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle in 1997. He 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.

His childhood memoir 'This Boy' was published by Bantam Press on 9th May 2013. It won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Orwell Prize, Britain's top political writing award.  His second volume of memoirs, 'Please Mr Postman', was published in September 2014 and won the National Book Club award for Best Biography.  The third volume of his memoirs 'The Long and Winding Road' was published in September 2016. www.alanjohnsonbooks.co.uk

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Back by popular demand, Alan talks about being transported by music on the radio, as a small child living in condemned housing in ungentrified West London  in the late 1950s to going out to work as a postman humming 'Watching the Detectives' by Elvis Costello in 1977.

Alan Johnson's life has always had a musical soundtrack. In fact music hasn’t just accompanied his life; it's been an integral part of it.  This book isn't just about music.  'In My Life' adds a fourth dimension to the story of Alan Johnson, the man. 



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