Alan had become a postman the previous year, and in order to support his growing family took on every bit of overtime he could, often working 12-hour shifts six days a week. It was hard work, but not without its compensations - the crafty fag snatched in a country lane, the farmer’s wife offering a hearty breakfast and even the mysterious lady on Glebe Road who appeared daily, topless, at her window as the postman passed by.…Please, Mister Postman paints a vivid picture of England in the 1970s, where no celebration was complete without a Party Seven of Watney’s Red Barrel, smoking was the norm rather than the exception, and Sunday lunchtime was about beer, bingo, and cribbage. But as Alan’s life appears to be settling down and his career in the Union of Postal Workers begins to take off, his close-knit family is struck once again by tragedy.… Moving, hilarious and unforgettable, Please, Mister Postman is another astonishing book from the award-winning author of This Boy.
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By Valerie and James Buckley on 17-12-14
Can't wait for the next volume!
Brilliant evocation of the 1970s in the post office and family life on a council estate.
Although Alan Johnson is not a top rate reader of his own moving story he is totally authentic so you warm to him. The story of industrial practices, union politics and the heart breaks of domestic life are wonderful told.
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By barfordian on 24-08-18
Worth the time to read or listen to.
I'm taken with this series of autobiographies, perhaps because I'm of a similar age and can draw comparisons with my life and recollections at similar stages. In the time of special advisers and politicians who have done little in the "real word" before entering politics it's refreshing to read of someone's life and progress leading up to the time when he became a politician.