• "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