“This is a deeply personal story about politics, pop, power and passion”

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author. His latest book, In My Life,  tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life. He will delve into the depths of the book when he visits our Great Hall on Fri 04 October. We caught up with him ahead of his visit for a quick-fire question round to find out more about his passion for music and whether he would return to parliament…

What can we expect from an evening with Alan Johnson?

Social history with a dash of nostalgia and a lot of laughs.

How important a role has music played in your life?

I can’t imagine a life without music.  It has always been one of my three great passions (the other two are books and football).

If you were trapped on a desert island with only one song to listen to for the rest of your days, which song would it be?

I did Desert Island Dics in 2007 and I think my one record (to be saved if the waves washed the other 7 away) was ‘And Your Bird Can Sigh’ by The Beatles.

Looking at the current political landscape, is there any part of you that is tempted to dive back into parliament?

Only the tiny slither of me that is masochistic.

Which five people, living or dead, would make up your ideal dinner party?

George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush and Philip Larkin.

Alan Johnson: In My Life takes place in the Great Hall on Fri 04 October. Please note this show has been rescheduled from Thu 19 September book tickets

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