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Alan Johnson, working class hero

The former Home Secretary's new memoir chronicles the changing patterns of working-class life

By DJ Taylor  

Tom Jackson, General Secretary of the Union of Postal Workers, addresses sorting office workers on strike in 1970. © Popperfoto/Getty Images

Please, Mr Postman by Alan Johnson (Bantam Press £16.99)

In strict category terms, This Boy, the first volume of memoirs by the former Home Secretary Alan Johnson, is what used to be known in the trade as a “Labour autobiography”—a once abundant genre, now rather more restricted in its…

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