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JUST BORIS

Sonia Purnell

  • Original Title: JUST BORIS
  • Publication date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Aurum Press
  • Country: GB
  • 459 print pages
  • Biopics

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing

Pitch

A biography of Boris Johnson, new leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of Britain, covering his political career up to the end of his first term as Mayor of London.

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Sonia Purnell is a former colleague of Boris Johnson, and a journalist who has worked on the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail where she was Whitehall Editor. Her books include A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE which was a New York Times bestseller, as well as FIRST LADY, a biography of Winston Churchill’s wife.

Summary

A major and controversial 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 the UK's only box-office politician; 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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  • Author’s biography

    Sonia Purnell is a British writer. She is a former colleague of Boris Johnson, and a journalist who has worked on the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail where she was Whitehall Editor. Her books include A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE which was a New York Times bestseller, as well as FIRST LADY, a biography of Winston Churchill’s wife.