About the Event
From Dylan to Bowie to Springsteen to, of course, his beloved The Beatles, music has always been an integral part of former Labour Home Secretary and award winning author Alan Johnson’s life. He shares the soundtrack of his life with Caroline Sanderson.
About the Author
Alan Johnson was born in May 1950. Having left school aged 15 and failed in his attempts to become a rock star, he joined the Post Office as a postman and became a local official of the Union Of Post Office Workers rising through the ranks to eventually become the Union’s youngest ever General Secretary in 1992. Five years later he became the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle, a position he held through five general elections before standing down when the 2017 election was called. He served in the Blair and Brown governments as Work and Pensions Secretary, Trade and Industry Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Home Secretary.
Alan Johnson’s first book, This Boy, won the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize in 2013. His second, Please Mister Postman, won the National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2014. His third, The Long and Winding Road, was published in 2016 and won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir.