Sat 20 Nov 2021 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Join us in welcoming award-winning writer and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson with his fast-paced, elegant and warm-hearted debut thriller.
Gary Nelson has a pretty uneventful life, even if he does live in London. However, that life is turned on its head when, on his commute home, he has a chance encounter with Arina, a young waitress who he has noticed on the train each day but never spoken to.
There is so much more to Arina than meets the eye, and Gary’s interaction with her it sparks a chain of events that results in him being on the run from Russian secret agents, mobsters and even the Metropolitan Police.
The Late Train to Gipsy Hill is a masterful thriller and the start of an exciting new direction for this highly respected writer and former politician, who’ll be in conversation with writer and broadcaster Alex Clark.
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Duration: 1 hour | 12.30pm GMT
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Alan Johnson served in the Blair and Brown government’s as Work and Pensions Secretary, Trade and Industry Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Home Secretary. Having left school aged 15 and failed in his attempts to become a rock star, he joined the Post Office as a postman and became a local official of the Union Of Post Office Workers, rising through the ranks to eventually become the Union’s youngest ever General Secretary in 1992. Five years later, he became the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle, a position he held through five general elections standing down when the 2017 election was called.
Alex Clark is a British literary journalist and editor who has written for The Guardian, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement. She also presents Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and hosts the Vintage Podcast about books. Editor at Large at Union Books, Alex was also appointed as the first female Editor of Granta magazine in May 2008. She was a member of the panel of judges for Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, the 2008 Man Booker Prize, the Encore Award for best second novel and is on the advisory committee of the Folio Prize.