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March 25 @ 7:30 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Non-fiction

The Long and Winding Road (SOLD OUT)

Alan Johnson


The Southend Forum
Elmer Square
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NS
(£5 27yrs and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948
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From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an extraordinary journey. Volume Three tells of Alan’s early political skirmishes as a trade union leader, where his negotiating skills and charismatic style soon came to the notice of Tony Blair.

This is no self-aggrandizing memoir of Westminster politicking and skulduggery. In The Long and Winding Road, Alan’s characteristic honesty and authenticity shine through every word.

Alan Johnson is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments. His 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.

[Johnson’s memoirs have] won admirers for their sense of sweep, wit, self-deprecation and, above all, humanity. Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times

FESTIVAL 4 – MULTIPLE EVENT OFFER: This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks – Just choose any four events with the ‘Festival 4’ symbol when booking in person, over the phone or online.


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