Alan Johnson in conversation with Matthew Parris
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Monday 12 June
A "fully paid-up member of the human race" is a description of a politician which is rare - but certainly an entirely accurate description of Alan Johnson MP. His first two highly successful, award-winning biographies have featured his upbringing in the East End of the 1950s and his early working life as a postman. His latest, The Long and Winding Road, takes us from his time as a trade unionist, when he came to the notice of Tony Blair, to taking up his seat as an MP in the landslide 1997 election, ultimately becoming Home Secretary.
He will be in conversation with former MP, author and Times columnist Matthew Parris, whose interview with Ken Livingstone at last year’s Festival was one of the memorable highlights.