Boris Johnson (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures around him, Boris Johnson is the definitive account of the prime minister's rise to the top and how he has stayed there, as told by the writer who understands him best.

Just as Donald Trump dismayed the American elite, so Boris Johnson appals the British Establishment. On both sides of the Atlantic, the unexpected rise to power of an unscrupulous, fair-haired populist has provoked cries of outrage. But, like Trump, Johnson is easier to denounce than to understand. Johnson confounds his critics in part because there is no one else remotely like him in the Conservative Party. He is the most astonishing Tory prime minister since Benjamin Disraeli climbed to the top of the greasy pole in 1867. Like Disraeli, he is an adventurer, a rule-breaker, a reproach to middle-class respectability.

His opponents underestimated his chances of reaching the top and, once he had done so in the summer of 2019, they underestimated his chances of winning a general election and ‘getting Brexit done’. One day, they will rejoice at his downfall and declare with satisfaction that they knew all along his career would end in failure. In Boris Johnson, we get a vivid insight into how Number 10 operates under him, and the roles played by Dominic Cummings, Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak, Carrie Symonds and many other key figures. From Brexit to his handling of the pandemic, every act by Johnson is closely studied, but only by reading this book can you get a true insight into the prime minister's methods, motives and mishaps. 

29 September
Simon & Schuster UK