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Please, Mister Postman by [Johnson, Alan]
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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)

"'Witty, self-deprecating, sometimes uproariously funny and sometimes unbearably sad. It shines like a candle in the naughty world of inauthentic politicians and public alienation" (David Marquand New Statesman)

"Immensely readable" (Scotland on Sunday)

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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3139 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
  • ASIN: B00KCRP9HU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 591 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 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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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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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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Haven't finished reading it yet but it is fascinating. It starts slowly describing everyday life as a postman in the 1960s, bringing back memories of my own life at that time as I am a similar age to Alan Johnson. Then it develops into more in-depth feeling for the difficulties of life in the 1960s and 1970s, touching poverty, education, class, alcoholism, different political outlooks and much more. It is thought-provoking and enriching. I strongly recommend it.
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I will be honest I did struggle to read this book,, having read and really enjoyed the authors first book I was looking forward to this one. Its a bit heavy going and if you havent really got a deep rooted interest in unions and union business then maybe its not the book for you . I skipped pages and pages ( maybe that didnt help ) but even so this didnt hold my interest .
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A good read. Alan Johnson's rise to the top illustrates what can be achieved with hard work, a fine intellect, and a positive approach to life. That and his natural talent for dealing with people.
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Alan Johnson was my local MP for twenty years when I lived in Hull. It was a surprise to read that he was a postman in the area where I lived when I was growing up and even played in the same football league! It was nice to read about the local places and events I remember from my earlier years.
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I bought all three volumes so far for my husband and he couldn't put them down. I have yet to read them but am looking forward to having time. Alan is an excellent writer.
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