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Please, Mister Postman [Kindle Edition]

Alan Johnson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In July 1969, while the Rolling Stones played a free concert in Hyde Park, Alan Johnson and his young family left West London to start a new life. The Britwell Estate in Slough, apparently notorious among the locals, in fact came as a blessed relief after the tensions of Notting Hill, and the local community welcomed them with open arms.
Alan had become a postman the previous year, and in order to support his growing family took on every bit of overtime he could, often working twelve-hour shifts six days a week. It was hard work, but not without its compensations – the crafty fag snatched in a country lane, the farmer’s wife offering a hearty breakfast and even the mysterious lady on Glebe Road who appeared daily, topless, at her window as the postman passed by…
Please, Mister Postman paints a vivid picture of England in the 1970s, where no celebration was complete without a Party Seven of Watney’s Red Barrel, smoking was the norm rather than the exception, and Sunday lunchtime was about beer, bingo and cribbage. But as Alan’s life appears to be settling down and his career in the Union of Postal Workers begins to take off, his close-knit family is struck once again by tragedy…
Moving, hilarious and unforgettable, Please, Mister Postman is another astonishing book from the award-winning author of This Boy.

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

Book Description

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3136 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (18 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059307341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593073414
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 22 Sept. 2014
By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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26 of 26 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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As a former postman and union rep i could understand the language and problems he met with, so the first 15 chapters i was laughing all the way through, but after that chapter i found myself in floods of tears, silly that a grown man of nearly 50 should be crying like a baby i no its a bit sappy but i was unable to stop myself. Had this book been fictional i doubt i would have, but its true its his life, if you have not read his first book this boy then i recomend you go out and get it, this book is the second in a run of 3 the 3rd is about his political life and i cant wait until it comes out. This book is a heartfelt bite of a simple mans life, he was birn into the slums of ww2 london, brought up by his 16 year old sister because his mum sadly dies. This book is a continuing part of his life a normal working class mans life beset by much tragedy and pain, you really connect to the man in a real way. If you ever read a book by a politician and you thought you no him you will be totally amazed at this mans life, no public school education but would have made a brilliant prime minister because he has grew up in the school of life with plenty of very hard knocks along the way. I totally recommend you read this book i can guarantee you will not be disopinted. Real life is cruel this man has had some hard knocks, but throughout it all shines through a sense of hope a hope that things will turn out best in the end, do they for this man, well il let the reader decide:-)
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some for the better, some for the worse 24 Sept. 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh I so enjoyed this book 3 Oct. 2014
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Oh I so enjoyed this book. Written very well and a true account of Alan Johnson's early years. It seemed to me that as I was growing up in the north there were the same attitudes and struggles in all of the country at that time in the fifties. If nothing else it made me smile at times remembering things that happened in tandem with Alan's story to me too.
Luckily though , we had a lovely, hard working Dad albeit always struggling to find work on the docks in Hull.
It is written very well and although you appreciate his difficulties in life - the story is not self pitying.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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11 of 11 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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9 of 9 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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