Alan Johnson, Commuting Can Be Deadly

Alan Johnson, Commuting Can Be Deadly


Best-selling memoirist turned novelist brings the thrills

Alan Johnson’s thriller, The Late Train to Gipsy Hill, finds the former Home Secretary and bestselling memoirist reinvented as a debut novelist, with a fast-paced, warm-hearted story that begins with an unremarkable young man making his unremarkable London commute. But when a beautiful woman he’s been too shy to approach holds up a mirror bearing the message “HELP ME” scrawled in mascara, a terrifying chase ensues. Along the way there are hair-raising encounters with Russian mobsters, the FSB, and even the Metropolitan police.

Johnson, a Labour MP for 20 years, is the author of three award-winning memoirs. He hosts a podcast called How To Change the World, and writes an Agony Uncle column for Saga Magazine.


This event will also be live streamed - £5 per ticket. Ticket will give access for 7 days after the event.

Your virtual ticket entitles you to £3 off a signed copy of 'The Late Train to Gipsy Hill'.

Your book will be dispatched once copies are signed after the live event.

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Bookends Cumbria County Council's Library Service Tullie House

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