Boris Johnson: The Gambler

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Hopefully the author will publish an updated account when the paperback comes out and then follow up with part two at a later stage of Boris’s career. Even once he’d committed to Brexit, he argued that it made no sense for Britain to leave the single market – a position he would casually jettison once it suited him. And yet I couldn't avoid feeling a grudging respect for him at times, certainly in the way he was treated by civil servants when Foreign Secretary under Teresa May and some of the bad press he has received over his handling of the Covid pandemic. Stanley Johnson’s sense of entitlement was fed by his ability repeatedly to fail upward, but he’s hardly alone in this story.

That said, there are one or two amusing anecdotes revealing the depth of Johnson’s rivalry with David Cameron and his disdain for the acolyte George Osborne - such as his having initiated fisticuffs with each of them during the coalition years and their having to be pulled off by aides (fnarr fnarr), or Boris’s text on the morning of the 2015 general election: “good luck Dave and if you bog it up I’m standing by to fill the gap! g. repeated use of “principle” when the correct word should have been “principal”), lots of sloppy grammar, syntax and punctuation, and many occasions when lazy journalism has kicked in (e.

It’s very rare that I find a biography so hard to put down that I put away 300 pages in one weekend, but this one hit the spot!

I found this unauthorised biography of Boris Johnson totally engrossing - it came across to me as a balanced and unbiased representation of his life and career about a man whose behaviour has been, on occasion, maddening and reprehensible.For all Bower’s eagerness to put a kind gloss on Johnson’s actions, he doesn’t flinch from the man’s record. His joint biography of Conrad Black and Barbara Amiel Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge was published in November 2006, and an unsuccessful libel case over a passing mention of Daily Express proprietor Richard Desmond in the book was heard in July 2009. There are numerous minor factual inaccuracies and the clunky sixth form style is faintly irritating - look I realise this comes from an obscure imprint somewhere in the muddy riverbed at Penguin Random, but couldn’t they afford a sub?

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