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Please, Mister Postman

Please, Mister Postman [Kindle Edition]

Alan Johnson
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"The best political testament I have ever read" (Peter Wilby New Statesman)

"This boy can write…there’s nothing second-rate about his writing. He is a natural" (The Spectator)

"A wonderful elegy for a life that has only just passed into history... Beautifully written, affecting and sad" (John Rentoul Independent on Sunday)

"A fascinating piece of social history" (Daisy Goodwin Sunday Times)

"Johnson’s writing style is easy, relaxed, self-deprecating. His recall and eye for detail are impressive" (Chris Mullin Observer)

"Full of delights" (Francis Wheen Mail on Sunday)

"Like Johnson's previous memoirs, this latest instalment carries a first-class stamp" (Caroline Jowett Daily Express)

"Immensely readable" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Beautifullly written... and vivdly observed" (Daily Mail)

"A charming book" (Guardian)

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Alan Johnson's moving sequel to the Sunday Times bestseller, This Boy

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some for the better, some for the worse 24 Sep 2014
By l.giles
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I am halfway through this book and must say I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is so well written and is all about an era when I was a young adult going to work, subsequently getting married, having children and how things used to be then and the immense changes in working and social attitudes that we have now, some for the better, some for the worse. A lot has happened since the 1970s. I feel like I am re-living history. I read This Boy and loved it and had this book on pre-order I have not been disappointed. In fact, I have slightly preferred this book and must say the humour (I have almost laughed out loud) tinged with a lot of sadness is so masterfully done. I hope there is going to be a sequel to this book, please (Mister Postman!)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 22 Sep 2014
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Alan Johnson in print is just as pleasant company as when seen on the `This Week' sofa - this is an excellent book; optimistic, often very witty, sometimes extremely moving and always very readable, cleverly written in a natural style with compassion and a wonderful sense of humour.

It's a vivid picture of family life, working life and the Post Office, trade-unionism and traditional Labour politics in the years from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s; a fascinating and politically pragmatic journey through a time of great change.

As well as the personal and family story, this volume includes a lot of detail about the day-to-day operation of a trade union and Post Office working practices, as you might expect. I found this very interesting but it is obviously different from the previous book.

Highly recommended and I look forward to the next volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Leon
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Not as engaging a read as this boy, but Alan Johnson is a remarkable man and i enjoyed the book. He has said he does not want to return to front line politics, but i hope he may change his mind if the labour party forms the next government. He has known at least three wonderful women in his life, his mother Lily, his sister Linda, and his first wife Judy, and he writes appreciatively about all three, and so he should. I look forward to his next memoir, which he must write....'with a little help from my friends'...perhaps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Not the most profound autobiography. But it comes ego-free. It tells very frankly, and in the raw, how somebody from a disadvantaged background adjusts to the world of work. Johnson willingly peels back the orange skin to reveal a set of attitudes, behaviours and relationships in a frank and somewhat engaging way. It also shows from the inside how a nationalised industry deals with the conflicting objectives of public service, economy and being a good employer. Alan has strong, even passionate, values. But these are not in your face. Rather, he shares in an uninhibited way his pursuit of what he believes is right and just. His story is peppered with amusing anecdotes, whilst sensitively handling emotionally difficult situations.Essential reading for anybody who wants to understand what it is like being at the "coalface" of the Royal Mail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, but very different, encore to THIS BOY 4 Oct 2014
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After Mr Johnson's moving triumph, THIS BOY, any sequel was bound to suffer in comparison, and this one does. Having said that, it is a fascinating portrait of the '70 and '80s English working class through the eyes of self-educating postman. I never would have thought that the inner workings of the post office in those times would be of interest but in Mr Johnson's hands it most certainly is. What a bizarre work system and lively bunch of characters he describes with a fine eye! At the same time, his terrible childhood plays quietly in the shadows of the life he describes and it is simply amazing that this man later became Home Secretary. I hope he makes his work a trilogy and brings his saga up to date - a remarkable man indeed!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21 Sep 2014
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Alan Johnson is a naturally gifted writer, funny,clever and open hearted.I think he's as good a writer as he is a politician and that's saying something. Some of the writing is very brave. Looking forward to the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting snapshot into the life of 28 Sep 2014
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Alan Johnson. Judging by where this one ends not the last either.Easy to read and with a couple of genuine shocks to the story I read it in two days. A lot of the story relates to post office union matters that non royal mail people may find hard going, but if you enjoyed the first one you will still enjoy this one, written in the same easy style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as "This Boy" 14 Oct 2014
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Good, but not as good as "This Boy". Alan Johnson is an interesting man who writes in an interesting way, but the sbnject matter in this second volume is not as intrinsically personal as the first. Parts are extremely touching, for example when he writes of his brother in law's suicide, but much of the detail of union activity is less absorbing. His style of writing is still engaging - you always feel you'd like to meet him- and his integrity, humour and self deprecation are all in evidence.
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