• the best memoir by a politician you will ever read

    Philip Collins, The Times
  • a poignant memoir…Johnson writes wonderfully

    Mary Kenny, Telegraph
  • deeply moving and unforgettable

    Lynn Barber, Sunday Times
  • a handsome and eloquent tribute

    Peter Wilby, Guardian
  • beautifully, beautifully written... his style is utterly simple, with a wit so understated that every reader will believe that he or she alone got it

    John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday
  • Neither mawkish nor sentimental, it is an evocative, filmic account on an early childhood... would make a fabulous drama that, for all its squalor, lifts the spirits

    Judith Woods, Daily Telegraph
  • a testament to the power of family love and a tribute to two strong women

    Ian Birrell, Daily Mail
  • Wonderful and moving... unreadable with a dry eye

    The Times
  • the biography of a politician like no other - beautifully observed, humorous, moving, uplifting; told with a dry self-deprecating wit and not a trace of self-pity

    Chris Mullin, Observer
  • No ordinary politician's memoir ... wonderful.

    John Grimond, The Spectator

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