About this book
A nostalgic portrait of a London childhood in the 1950s, from one of Britain's most popular politicians. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, this riveting story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, and to becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens.
Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. This book tells the story of Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, and domestic violence; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age .