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Alan Johnson

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


“I longed to be Paul McCartney when I was a teenager,” the former Home, Education and Health Secretary said last year. “I’d mime to his lead vocals, strumming my sister’s old hockey stick.”

Music, it turns out, has played a huge part in the life of one of Britain’s best-loved politicians and, more recently, the award-winning author of a trilogy of memoirs – This Boy (Orwell Prize in 2013), Please, Mister Postman (National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year, 2014) and The Long and Winding Road (Parliamentary Book Award, 2016).

In this fourth volume, Johnson recalls growing up in condemned housing in west London, listening raptly to Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly and, later, on his postman’s rounds, to Elvis Costello, David Bowie and his beloved Beatles.

In 2007, when Johnson appeared on Desert Island Discs, it was revealed that he would rather be the lead singer in a band than prime minister. The track he elected to take to his island? The Beatles’ ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’.


September 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Marlborough Town Hall
5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom