This Boy (eBook)

by Alan Johnson

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Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all...

This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child.

Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the 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, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens.

This Boy is one man's story, but it is also a story of England and the West London slums which are so hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.

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Alan Johnson's childhood was not only difficult but unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not because of the poverty - many thousands lived in the slums of postwar Britain - but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all . . .

This Boy tells the story of two incredible women. Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children. And his sister, Linda, who assumed parental responsibility at a very young age and fought to keep her brother out of care when she herself was still only a child.

Played out against the backdrop of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, Alan's story moves from postwar austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through race riots and school on the King's Road, Chelsea, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still a teenager.

It's an astonishing and moving story of success against all the odds and a vivid account of a bygone era.

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Published
09/05/2013

Publisher
Transworld Digital

ISBN
9781448110483


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