This Boy

This Boy

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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 mana€™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.1 was going so fast that it was impossible to keep on track round the sharp corner of Bramley Road and Lancaster Road. I veered straight across the road and collided with a young woman who was just coming out of the little grocery store almost opposite the ... too badly injured. though I can still remem~ her her tender words of comfort: a#39;You fucking little idiot, why dona#39;t you learn to ride that fucking bike?


Title:This Boy
Author: Alan Johnson
Publisher:Random House - 2013-05-09
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