Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition

Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition

by Sonia Purnell


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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 supremely ambitious, but with no apparent ambitions - beyond, perhaps, power itself.

The first forensic account of his remarkable rise, Just Boris unravels a political celebrity and asks whether the Mayor who dreams of crossing the Thames to Downing Street has what it takes to be Prime Minister.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845137168
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 474
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 Peter Pan and Wendy: Childhood, 1964-1977 10

2 'Hey, Hey, ABJ': Eton, 1977-1982 44

3 Toffs, Tugs and Stains: Oxford, 1983-1987 61

4 World on Speed Dial: Starting Work, 1987-1989 92

5 I Fought Delors … and I Won: Brussels, 1989-1994 111

6 M'learned Wife: Islington Life, 1994-2008 142

7 Untouchable: Boris the Celebrity, 1994-1999 159

8 'Sack me!': The Spectator, 1999-2005 189

9 On Yer Bike!: MP, 2001-2004 223

10 'Busting with spunk': The Sextator, 1999-2005 257

11 'Cynical self-interest': 2005-2007 283

12 Too Funny to be Mayor?: 2007-2008 314

13 State of Wonderment: First Days at City Hall, 2008 348

14 The Politics of Power: The Mayoralty, 2008-2012 377

Epilogue 428

Sources 458

Endnotes 461

Index 467

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