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Alan Johnson - The Long & Winding Road (A Memoir) (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Synopsis

Winner Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir 2017.

From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.

This third volume tells of Alan’s early political skirmishes as a trades union leader, where his negotiating skills and charismatic style soon came to the notice of Tony Blair and other senior members of the Labour Party.

As a result, Alan was chosen to stand in the constituency of Hull West and Hessle, and entered Parliament as an MP after the landslide election victory for Labour in May 1997. But this is no self-aggrandizing memoir of Westminster politicking and skulduggery. Supporting the struggle of his constituents, the Hull trawlermen and their families, for justice comes more naturally to Alan than do the byzantine complexities of Parliamentary procedure. But of course he does succeed there, and rises through various ministerial positions to the office of Home Secretary in 2009.

In The Long and Winding Road, Alan’s characteristic honesty and authenticity shine through every word. His book takes you into a world which is at once familiar and strange: this is politics as you’ve never seen it before . . .

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : As New
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Autobiography & Biography
  • Published : 2016 (This Edition 2017 - Corgi)
  • ISBN : 9780552172158
  • SKU : B003247
  • PPC : LL300gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Johnson writes with his usual warmth, wit and modesty." - The Sunday Times.

"Immensely engaging." - The Times.

"Searingly honest and moving." - Mail on Sunday.

"Remarkable." - The Observer.

"It's not often that one must reach for the phrase 'heart-warming' about the life of a politician, but Johnson is exceptional. It's rare to find such decency and likeability in public life." - Mail on Sunday.

"Very nicely told . . . Johnson is sharp on period detail." - William Leith, Evening Standard.

The Author

Alan Arthur Johnson is a British politician who served as Secretary of State for the Home Department from 2009 to 2010 and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2011. A member of the Labour Party, Johnson served as the Member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle from 1997 to 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.

Featured Author . . . Alan Johnson

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