About this book
Paperback edition of this highly acclaimed and poignant memoir from one of our foremost politicians. It evokes his poverty-stricken childhood in 1950s Notting Hill, and the influence of his mother and older sister in his upbringing. It is set against the backdrop of the changing face of London in the 50s and 60s, and is written with a spirit of humour and openness which lifts it well above the grim catalogue of a misery memoir.
The author's family lived in condemned housing, declared unfit for human habitation, in a cramped flat with no central heating, no electricity and no running water. His mother, Lily, battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and chronic loneliness to try and ensure a better life for her children. This title tells his personal story.