Just Boris

The first forensic account of a remarkable rise to fame and power, Just Boris unravels this most compelling of political enigmas and asks whether the Mayor who dreams of crossing the Thames to Downing Street has what it takes to be Prime ...

Author: Sonia Purnell

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 1845137418

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

View: 859

A major and controversial new biography of one of the most compelling and contradictory figures in modern British life. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to most of us he is just ‘Boris’ – the only politician of the age to be regarded in such familiar, even affectionate terms. Uniquely, he combines comedy with erudition, gimlet-eyed focus with jokey self-deprecation, and is a loving family man with a roving eye. He is also a hugely ambitious figure with seemingly no huge ambitions to pursue – other than, perhaps, power itself. In this revealing biography, written from the vantage point of a once close colleague, Sonia Purnell examines how a shy, young boy from a broken home became our only box-office politician – and most unlikely sex god; how the Etonian product fond of Latin tags became a Man of the People – and why he wanted to be; how the gaffe-prone buffoon charmed Londonders to win the largest personal mandate Britain has ever seen; and how the Johnson family built our biggest – and blondest – media and political dynasty. The first forensic account of a remarkable rise to fame and power, Just Boris unravels this most compelling of political enigmas and asks whether the Mayor who dreams of crossing the Thames to Downing Street has what it takes to be Prime Minister.

Boris

This updated edition of the book is a comprehensive insight into the dramatic political events of 2016.

Author: Andrew Gimson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857207393

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 231

THE MAKING OF A PRIME MINISTER 'My biography of the year' Michael Crick 'The scariest thing I've read since Silence of the Lambs' Ken Livingstone A brilliant and definitive biography of Boris Johnson, the politician who risked his career to lead the Brexit campaign, won the referendum, and finally became the new prime minister. In Andrew Gimson's acclaimed biography of the most colourful British politician of modern times, we are given a comprehensive portrait of the man. Despite tabloid controversies which led to him being dismissed from Michael Howard's shadow cabinet, Boris bounced back to win two terms as London mayor. It was a remarkable tribute to his huge personal popularity, and he was at the heart of things when London showcased itself during the 2012 Olympics. This updated edition of the book is a comprehensive insight into the dramatic political events of 2016. After Boris decided to join the Brexit campaign, which he led with Michael Gove, against all the predictions he secured a historic vote to leave the EU. Within a few tumultuous and unprecedented days, David Cameron resigned as prime minister, Boris was installed as favourite to succeed him - only for Gove to torpedo his challenge, and seemingly end his career. Yet when Theresa May took charge, she surprised many by appointing Boris as Foreign Secretary. Gimson's superb account not only takes the reader behind the scenes, it vividly brings to life one of the most extraordinary political careers in our history.

Boris Johnson

Based on a wealth of new interviews and research, this is the deepest, most rounded and most comprehensive portrait to date of the man, the mind, the politics, the affairs, the family - of a loner, a lover, a leader.

Author: Tom Bower

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753554933

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

View: 354

Guardian 'literary highlights of 2020' Sunday Times 'books to watch out for in 2020' New Statesman 'books to read in 2020' Evening Standard 'thirteen titles to look for in 2020' As divisive as he is beguiling, as misunderstood as he is scrutinised, Boris Johnson is a singular figure. Many of us think we know his story well. His ruthless ambition was evident from his insistence, as a three-year-old, that he would one day be 'world king'. Eton and Oxford prepared him well for a frantic career straddling the dog-eat-dog worlds of journalism and politics. His transformation from bumbling stooge on Have I Got New for You to a triumphant Mayor of London was overshadowed only by his colourful personal life, brimming with affairs, scandals and transgressions. His ascent to Number 10 in the wake of the acrimonious, era-defining Brexit referendum would prove to be only the first act in an epic drama that saw him play both hero and villain - from proroguing parliament to his controversial leadership of the Covid-19 Crisis, all against the backdrop of divorce, marriage, the birth of his sixth child, revolts among Tory MPs and the countdown to Brexit. Yet despite his celebrity, decades of media scrutiny, the endless vitriol of his critics and the enduring adoration of his supporters, there is so much we've never understood about Boris - until now. Previous biographies have either dismissed him as a lazy, deceitful opportunist or been transfixed by his charm, wit and drive. Both approaches fall short, and so many questions about Boris remain unanswered. What seismic events of his childhood have evaded scrutiny? How has he so consistently defied the odds, proved his critics wrong, and got away with increasingly reckless gambles? What were his real achievements and failures as Mayor of London, what was really going on during his time as Foreign Secretary, and why did he write two articles for the Telegraph, one in favour of Leave and the other for Remain? How have the women in his life exerted more influence than any of us realise, and why is his story ultimately one overshadowed by family secrets? Based on a wealth of new interviews and research, this is the deepest, most rounded and most comprehensive portrait to date of the man, the mind, the politics, the affairs, the family - of a loner, a lover, a leader. Revelatory, unsettling and compulsively readable, it is the most timely and indispensable book yet from Britain's leading investigative biographer.

Just Boris

With his unruly mop of hair, trusty bicycle and the surest of popular touches, he remains a Teflon-coated breed apart - but for how long?In Just Boris Sonia Purnell unravels this most compelling of political enigmas and casts light on his ...

Author: Sonia Purnell

Publisher: Aurum Press

ISBN: 9781845136659

Category: Mayors

Page: 450

View: 674

A major and controversial new biography of one of the most compelling and contradictory figures in modern British life. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to most of us he is just ‘Boris’ – the only politician of the age to be regarded in such familiar, even affectionate terms. Uniquely, he combines comedy with erudition, gimleteyed focus with jokey self-deprecation, and is a loving family man with a roving eye. He is also a hugely ambitious figure with seemingly no huge ambitions to pursue – other than, perhaps, power itself. One of the most private men in public life, we all know of Boris, but so few can truly claim to know him. He invites attention, but has evaded scrutiny. Now, from the vantage point of a once close colleague, Sonia Purnell charts his remarkable rise and offers the first forensic account of just how he did it. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Boris’s friends, rivals, admirers and enemies, this revealing biography examines how a shy, young boy from a broken home grew up to be ou r only box-office politician – and most unlikely sex god; how the Etonian product fond of Latin tags became a Man of the People – and why he wanted to be; how the gaffe-prone buffoon charmed Londoners to win the largest personal mandate Britain has ever seen; and how the Johnson family has built our biggest – not to mention blondest – media and political dynasty. At times, allegations of infidelity, journalistic chicanery, rivalries with fellow Tories and scandal at City Hall have threatened to upset his rise, but still it continues. With his unruly mop of hair, trusty bicycle and the surest of popular touches, he remains a Teflon-coated breed apart – but for how long? In Just Boris Sonia Purnell unravels this most compelling of political enigmas and casts light on his record and his character. Finally, she asks whether the Mayor who dreams of crossing the Thames to Downing Street has what it takes to be Prime Minister.

The Churchill Factor

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'.

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444783041

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 650

As the country navigates a national crisis once again, read how Britain's Prime Minister was inspired by Winston Churchill. One man can make all the difference. Now leader of the UK himself, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion - a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing and deep humanity. Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he embraced large-scale strategic bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in healthcare, education and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. As Prime Minister Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. Published in association with Churchill Heritage, The Churchill Factor is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader in a time of crisis.

Boris Johnson Biography

Based on interviews and research, this is a portrait of the man, the mind, the politics, the affairs, the family - of a loner, a lover, a leader

Author: Tom Bower

Publisher: W H Allen

ISBN: 9780753554906

Category: Great Britain

Page: 592

View: 216

Based on interviews and research, this is a portrait of the man, the mind, the politics, the affairs, the family - of a loner, a lover, a leader

Johnson s Life of London

Celebrates modern London as one of the world's most interesting and influential cities, exploring the lives of the famous individuals whose beliefs, cultures, and innovations have shaped its evolution.

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks)

ISBN: 9781594631467

Category: History

Page: 386

View: 149

Celebrates modern London as one of the world's most interesting and influential cities, exploring the lives of the famous individuals whose beliefs, cultures, and innovations have shaped its evolution.

Boris Johnson

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, born on 19th June 1964, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., best known as Boris Johnson, is a British politician, popular historian, and journalist, who's been the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge ...

Author: Harry Lime

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780244268091

Category:

Page: 70

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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, born on 19th June 1964, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., best known as Boris Johnson, is a British politician, popular historian, and journalist, who's been the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, having previously been the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.

Stanley I Presume

The rip-roaring and hilarious memoir from Stanley Johnson?the father of London mayor Boris Johnson?begins with a loud bang when Stanley's father, an RAF pilot in World War II, crash-lands a Wellington bomber on a Devon airfield.

Author: Stanley Johnson

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

View: 305

The rip-roaring and hilarious memoir from Stanley Johnson?the father of London mayor Boris Johnson?begins with a loud bang when Stanley's father, an RAF pilot in World War II, crash-lands a Wellington bomber on a Devon airfield. A few years later Stanley's parents buy a sheep farm on nearby Exmoor, where Stanley does much of his growing up. Stanley would keep his links with this much-loved rural idyll throughout his life?while going on to become an explorer, author, occasional politician, and also one of the world's first environmentalists. A sparkling raconteur and experienced thriller writer, in Stanley tells great stories in great style. On leaving school in 1958 Stanley traveled alone through South America?hitching rides across the jungle on Brazilian Air Force planes?and shortly afterwards he rode a motorcycle 4,000 miles from London to Afghanistan, tracing the route of Marco Polo with two friends. After winning Oxford University's poetry prize with a love poem?written following a hilltop tryst in the West Country?Stanley went on to do various adventurous jobs, before working for the billionaire John D. Rockefeller III, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the European Union. Stanley married and started a family young?Boris was born in New York when his father was 23?and while Boris would go on to become big news, the family's forbears also provide quite a story, as Stanley finds out. For the Johnson family's roots are not just in the West Country, but in Turkey too?where, as Stanley discovers, his politician grandfather Ali Kemal was torn to pieces by an angry mob. Stanley visits a Turkish village where the locals are blonde?later he learns that he and Boris are direct descendants of George II.

Unspeakable

UNSPEAKABLE is essential reading for anyone interested in politics and how our democracy is - or should be - run.

Author: John Bercow

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474616658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 277

When John Bercow retired as Speaker of the House of Commons on 31 October 2019, he had become one of the most recognisable and iconoclastic figures in British politics, occupying a ringside seat during one of the most febrile periods in modern British history. In his no-holds-barred memoir, he offers verdicts on the leading figures of his era - from Tony Blair to David Cameron, Theresa May to Boris Johnson, and charts his extraordinary political journey. UNSPEAKABLE is essential reading for anyone interested in politics and how our democracy is - or should be - run.

Pedal Power E Book

Sonia Purnell is a writer and freelance journalist living in London and is the author of the acclaimed biography Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition.

Author: Sonia Purnell

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781781310229

Category: Cycling

Page: 53

View: 754

From the author of Just Boris, the acclaimed and controversial new biography of Boris Johnson, comes a short polemical investigation into the London Mayor’s much-vaunted Cycling Revolution. When Boris campaigned in the mayoral election of 2008 he rarely turned up to a photo-call without his trusty bike. His promise was to turn London into the greatest two-wheeled city on earth, where as many people commuted by bicycle as had done a century before. But after much fanfare, and millions spent on ‘Super Highways’ and ‘Boris Bikes’, it appears he has turned his back on cyclists in favour of the gas-guzzling motorists of London’s Conservative heartlands. Worse still, although the Cycling Revolution has brought more bikes onto the roads, it has been accompanied by an alarming rate of crashes. With the same forensic zeal she applied to Just Boris, Sonia Purnell separates fact from fiction to reveal how ‘the cycling mayor’ has failed on his greatest ambition for London, and offers a timely insight into what Londoners can expect from another term of the blond on the bike. Sonia Purnell is a writer and freelance journalist living in London and is the author of the acclaimed biography Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition. She worked closely with Boris Johnson in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau in the early Nineties at a turning point in his personal life and working career.

Blond Ambition

A short biography of Boris Johnson – his background, schooling, chaotic personal life and his irresistible rise.

Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781508803775

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 124

View: 668

A short biography of Boris Johnson – his background, schooling, chaotic personal life and his irresistible rise.

A Companion to Literary Biography

It may seem unfair to single out bad biographies of Shakespeare but notorious
biographical efforts by Stephen Greenblatt and Boris Johnson must be noted. For
me, bad biographies connect selected, decontextualized fragments from the ...

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118896254

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 632

View: 896

An authoritative review of literary biography covering the seventeenth century to the twentieth century A Companion to Literary Biography offers a comprehensive account of literary biography spanning the history of the genre across three centuries. The editor – an esteemed literary biographer and noted expert in the field – has encouraged contributors to explore the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the writing of biographies of writers. The text examines how biographers have dealt with the lives of classic authors from Chaucer to contemporary figures such as Kingsley Amis. The Companion brings a new perspective on how literary biography enables the reader to deal with the relationship between the writer and their work. Literary biography is the most popular form of writing about writing, yet it has been largely neglected in the academic community. This volume bridges the gap between literary biography as a popular genre and its relevance for the academic study of literature. This important work: Allows the author of a biography to be treated as part of the process of interpretation and investigates biographical reading as an important aspect of criticism Examines the birth of literary biography at the close of the seventeenth century and considers its expansion through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries Addresses the status and writing of literary biography from numerous perspectives and with regard to various sources, methodologies and theories Reviews the ways in which literary biography has played a role in our perception of writers in the mainstream of the English canon from Chaucer to the present day Written for students at the undergraduate level, through postgraduate and doctoral levels, as well as academics, A Companion to Literary Biography illustrates and accounts for the importance of the literary biography as a vital element of criticism and as an index to our perception of literary history.

The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson

Boris agrees to allow Andrew Gimson write a biography of him. He later got cold
feet: “If it's a pisstake that's ok. Anything that purported to tell the truth really would
be intolerable.” “In the words of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, my life is like the giant ...

Author: Harry Mount

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408183528

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 191

The wit and wisdom of the charismatic and gaffe-prone Mayor of London.

Michael Gove

Michael Gove is one of the most recognisable faces in British politics – and one of the most divisive.

Author: Owen Bennett

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785901087

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 346

Michael Gove is one of the most recognisable faces in British politics – and one of the most divisive. Whether it’s taking on the education ‘blob’, acting as a frontman for the Brexit campaign or orchestrating one of the bloodiest political assassinations in the history of British politics, Gove is a man who makes things happen. But it was almost so different, and his story, from being born into care to standing for the leadership of the Conservative Party, could have come straight from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel. A charming man to his friends, and a cold-blooded zealot to his enemies, Gove provokes a reaction from everyone, be it loyalty, anger, respect or fury. Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to deny Gove’s impact on the UK over the past ten years, and, with Brexit still up in the air, he will continue to play a key role in the future of the country. Political journalist Owen Bennett’s groundbreaking biography takes in original research as well as interviews with current and former Cabinet ministers, ex-colleagues from the BBC and The Times, and numerous other key players in Gove’s life story. Lively and insightful in equal measure, Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry reveals what turned the adopted son of an Aberdeen fishing family into one of the key political figures of the decade.

The Wit and Wisdom of London

The Wit and Wisdom of London brings together their best and most memorable quotations, a treasury of the cleverest, the wittiest, and the bawdiest sayings of the city's greatest residents.

Author: J. B. Edwards

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448132215

Category: Reference

Page: 192

View: 627

London has been one of the world's great cities for over 2,000 years and has produced countless scholars, artists, rogues and wits, each of whom left their mark on the metropolis by their words or deeds. The Wit and Wisdom of London brings together their best and most memorable quotations, a treasury of the cleverest, the wittiest, and the bawdiest sayings of the city's greatest residents. From the Romans to Amy Winehouse, via Doctor Johnson and Dickens, and from the aristocrats of Westminster to the paupers of the East End, The Wit and Wisdom of London captures the essence of London, in the words of its people. 'It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.' George VI 'Nothing is certain in London but expense.' William Shenstone 'The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world.' Oscar Wilde

Disraeli

'As Douglas Hurd and Edward Young point out in their splendidly written, finely judged and thoroughly persuasive book, a vast chasm yawned between the real Disraeli and his posthumous reinvention' Dominic Sandbrook, SUNDAY TIMES 'Not only, ...

Author: Douglas Hurd

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297860984

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 598

Benjamin Disraeli was the most gifted parliamentarian of the nineteenth century and a superb orator, writer and wit - but how much do we really know about the man behind the words? 'As Douglas Hurd and Edward Young point out in their splendidly written, finely judged and thoroughly persuasive book, a vast chasm yawned between the real Disraeli and his posthumous reinvention' Dominic Sandbrook, SUNDAY TIMES 'Not only, they tell us in this vigorously debunking romp through his political life, did he never use the phrases "One Nation" or "Tory Democracy", he was actively hostile to the concepts that they are now understood to represent' Sam Leith, THE SPECTATOR 'The book is more a study in character . . . than a staid political narrative. As a result, Disraeli: Or the Two Lives is full of unexpected jolts and paradoxes . . . It proves an unflagging pleasure to read' Richard Davenport-Hines, GUARDIAN 'So intoxicating that you will find yourself snorting it up in one go, as I did, with great pleasure' Boris Johnson, MAIL ON SUNDAY

Shakespeare

In this joyful, fascinating book, Johnson reminds us why Shakespeare truly was a genius, a writer not just for his time, but for all time.

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Signal

ISBN: 0771050844

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 420

From the inimitable British journalist and politician, a celebration of the best-known Brit of all time. Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare is more popular than ever. Studied by schoolchildren everywhere, performed and interpreted in every conceivable medium and setting, he remains an unparalleled global phenomenon. With characteristic curiosity, verve, and wit, Boris Johnson sets out to determine why and how. He immerses us in the swagger and terror of the Elizabethan era, with its newfound craze for theater and its bold intellectual flowering, under the threat of repression. He explores the timelessly intriguing themes of the plays: the illicit sex and the power struggles; the fratricide and matricide; the confused identities and hormonal teenagers; the racism, jealousy, and political corruption. He explores the psychology of Shakespeare's characters and celebrates the playwright's appreciation for women and the roles he created for them, more fully realized than those Hollywood churns out (had women but been allowed to play them in his day). And above all, he revels in the language -- our language, which that master poet enriched with at least 2,500 new-coined words and a litheness that is an ongoing delight to us all. In this joyful, fascinating book, Johnson reminds us why Shakespeare truly was a genius, a writer not just for his time, but for all time.

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Life of Boris

This is a different, outrageous and fantastic narrative with amusing quips, based on over 100 true and precise quotations of Boris Johnson MP. From the MP for Henley, to the Mayor of, "the greatest city on earth (London).

Author: Francis Sturt

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781512150759

Category:

Page: 76

View: 471

This is a different, outrageous and fantastic narrative with amusing quips, based on over 100 true and precise quotations of Boris Johnson MP.From the MP for Henley, to the Mayor of, "the greatest city on earth (London)." Now as the conservative MP for Uxbridge with his thumping majority and beyond to challenging David Cameron as leader of the Tory party.This satirical book will be irresistible for you to put down, as It is a fantastical rib-tickling venture into Boris's own world; one that is irreverent to the core and pulls no punches. It is a biography for the thinking classes and Tories, like Boris, with a wicked sense of humour. It focuses on Boris's Britain and speculates with tongue in cheek on Boris as a future prime minister.Well sourced and researched, this collection contains only the juiciest and most vociferous quotes on Nigel Farage, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and many other, renowned and reprehensible, public personalities and institutions. This madcap book follows Johnson's childhood ambitions at Eton public school to his rise in prestige at Oxford University and his days of inventing stories as a journalist, for the Times. Then, to his pantomime role as the sharp witted Mayor of London and to the dizzy heights as a member of parliament. The thorough commentary and concluding summary of Boris's public life are from a libertarian perspective,