Just Boris : A Tale of Blond Ambition - a Biography of Boris Johnson, Paperback

Just Boris : A Tale of Blond Ambition - a Biography of Boris Johnson Paperback

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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.




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The conundrum that is Boris Johnson is deeply explored in Purnell's well researched book. You often find yourself lurching from admiration to total dismay as the freewheeling Boris stumbles from journalist to 'accidental' public and media hero. The bare facts of his tenancy as Mayor of London make worrying reading, especially the financial aspects. The constant affairs and obvious ambition do not paint a particularly nice picture of Boris, but on the other hand, you somehow have to admire he shear cheek and obvious charm. A longish book at 457 pages, but well researched, the author is quite harsh on Boris and the Johnson family in general at ties, but you also feel, has a sneaking admiration for him. Well worth a read

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