Biography & True Stories
Alan Johnson introduces his memoir, This Boy:
This Boy is a story about three people, a period and a place.
The people are my parents, Lily and Steve, and my sister Linda. The period is that monochrome decade the 1950s and the place is Notting Hill.
I've given up complaining about the imprecision of calling my part of West London, Notting Hill. We never called it that. We lived in North Kensington, or, to be more precise, Kensal Town. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts were unlikely to be found walking over the Golborne Road railway bridge. Their domain was at the other end of Portobello Road, or The Lane as we called it. Read more...
Nina Stibbe - author of Love, Nina, which was shortlisted for last year's Waterstones Book of the Year, tells us about the experience of compiling this hilarious and touching collection of family letters...
"I started writing letters in earnest when I was 19 and I'd gone to France supposedly to be an au pair but ended up housesitting. People still wrote letters in those days and if you took the trouble of writing one you'd very likely get one back which was especially nice if you were a bit lonely." Read more...