Boris: The Adventures of Boris Johnson

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 29, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
'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. 

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The Birth of Boris
The Death of Ali Kemal
Small Blond Heads
The Start of an Affair
Sellotaping Everything Together
The Calm before the Storm
Operation Scousegrovel
The Pyramid of Piffle
Toff Fired
Overtaken by Cameron

Learning to Be a Johnson
Greek before Breakfast
An Etonian Performance
Genuine Bogusness
The Oxford Politician
Boris in Love
Troubled Times
Our Man in Brussels
Twelve Days a Bachelor
The Fall of Darius Guppy
A Telly Star Is Born
Ape Gets Ming Vase
Member for Henley
Conrad Blacks Indulgence
Roman Civilisation
Coming Up on the Outside
How This Book Was Received
Mayor Johnson
Generous Errors
Wrestling with the Prime Minister
The Merry England Candidate
Stuck on a Zip Wire
Do You Have a Golden Toilet?
List of Illustrations
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About the author (2012)

Andrew Gimson is a freelance journalist who contributes to the Spectator, the Evening Standard, the Financial Times and other papers. From 2004-2011 he was the Daily Telegraph's parliamentary sketchwriter.

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