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    DescriptionA 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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    Title
    Just Boris
    Subtitle
    A Tale of Blond Ambition - a Biography of Boris Johnson
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sonia Purnell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845137168
    ISBN 10: 1845137167
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JM
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    BIC subject category V2: JPHL, JPR, 3JM, 1DBKESL
    DC23: 941.085092
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sonia Purnell is a writer and journalist known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. She started work at the Economist Intelligence Unit, edited a weekly financial magazine when only 25, and then went on to a senior position on the Daily Telegraph's City pages. It was whilst working in the Telegraph's Brussels bureau in the early Nineties that she first came into close contact with Boris Johnson, then at a turning point in his personal life and working career. After her stint in Brussels, Sonia wrote about government for the Daily Telegraph and then the Daily Mail, where she was Whitehall Editor. She is now freelance and lives in London with her husband and two sons.
    Review quote
    'Through fast prose and a vast array of interviews, Purnell ... portrays better than any predecessor the arrogance, opportunism, and irresistible buffoonery of our most celebrated politician.' Independent on Sunday 'If you want the full Johnson experience, do read Sonia Purnell's new biography, Just Boris ... Johnson's supporters have depicted the book as a hatchet job. But actually it struck me as commendably fair' - Andrew Sparrow, UK Political Journalist of the Year Guardian 'Gripping' - Quentin Letts (Book of the Week) Daily Mail 'Future biographers will always be in her debt. Purnell has accumulated a wealth of previously unknown detail' - Andrew Gimson The Spectator 'Filled with gems ... will make uncomfortable reading for Boris' - Camilla Long The Sunday Times 'Thorough study...sharply narrated and dilgently researched.' New Statesman 'Meticulous and quietly devastating' Standpoint 'Meticulously researched and well presented' The Oldie 'Gives good pointers on Johnson's real beliefs as to who should be the [Conservatives'] leader, and on his future relationship with Cameron' - Stephen Hammond MP Total Politics 'Thoroughly researched and well-crafted ... If you want to know who and what Boris is, read Sonia Purnell's book.' Literary Review 'Excellent, relentlessly entertaining biography' Guardian 'Boisterous, widely praised otherwise comprehensive biography' -- Andy Beckett The Guardian 'brilliant' -- Steve Richards The Independent 'Sonia Purnell's Just Boris is an indispensable examination into the mind, ambitions and deep insecurities of London's mayor; Boris hates it because she dares speak truth to power.' -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian - Best of 2012