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Just Boris: The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity Hardcover – October 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136659
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,604,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 The Guardian 'Gripping' -- Quentin Letts The 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 'A rollicking narrative' Observer 'This is a thorough biography and Johnson is a compelling subject' Financial Times 'Whether you like Boris or loathe him, he is a class act and Sonia Purnell's excellent book is a must read for those who want to understand this mystery wrapped in an enigma.' - Jerry Hayes Spectator.co.uk 'One of the many virtues of Purnell's forensic biography is that she broadly leaves the reader to make up their own mind about the true nature of this political phenomenon. Writing as a trained journalist, what Purnell does admirably is marshall the facts, warts and all, about this man.' Conservativehome.blogs.com 'Fill your Christmas stockings with this' - Nick Ferrrai LBC 'Colourful biography...Purnell decodes Johnson's complex personality' The Guardian 'Sonia Purnell's Just Boris stood out as a critical, illuminating view of London's great blonde egomaniac' - Anne McElvoy 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

About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Kennedy on September 9, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyable and well written, this book sheds a considerable (and not altogether flattering) light on Boris Johnson. Very well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2012
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Sonia Purnell's account of Boris Johnson's personality is the more devastating because her portrait seems to be so rounded and balanced, giving full credit to Johnson's remarkable gifts as well revealing his many character flaws. Here is a man with a razor-sharp intellect, considerable learning, great literary gifts, immense charm, charisma even, an ability to turn away wrath with his brilliant line in comical self-disparagement, a hugely engaging sense of humour, an amusing persona on television, and obviously "a character". All this has enabled him to survive episodes that would have sunk anybody else, has given him a degree of fame and popularity which eventually propelled him to becoming Mayor of London, and has made some people think that he might even one day become Prime Minister.

But, according to Purnell, this all conceals a ruthless streak of selfishness, ambition, sense of entitlement, thinking that ordinary rules do not apply to him, self-promotion, publicity-seeking, opportunism, slipperiness, unreliability, half-truths, lying and deceitfulness, disloyalty - not only to people who were no longer of any use to him, but also to his wife -, disorganization, financial stinginess, and at one time, in the "Guppygate" episode, even conniving in criminality.
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It is a good book about modern British politics. A few new details about the man revealed. It is slow at the start.
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By Thea Pypers on March 20, 2013
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An amusing story of a flamboyant man with a very big ego who gets away with almost everything. I would call it Carisma
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