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The Adventures of Boris Johnson

About The Book

'My biography of the year' Michael Crick
'The scariest thing I've read since Silence of the Lambs' Ken Livingstone

A brilliant and definitive biography of Boris Johnson, the politician who risked his career to lead the Brexit campaign, won the referendum, and finally became the new prime minister.

In Andrew Gimson's acclaimed biography of the most colourful British politician of modern times, we are given a comprehensive portrait of the man. Despite tabloid controversies which led to him being dismissed from Michael Howard's shadow cabinet, Boris bounced back to win two terms as London mayor. It was a remarkable tribute to his huge personal popularity, and he was at the heart of things when London showcased itself during the 2012 Olympics.

This updated edition of the book is a comprehensive insight into the dramatic political events of 2016. After Boris decided to join the Brexit campaign, which he led with Michael Gove, against all the predictions he secured a historic vote to leave the EU. Within a few tumultuous and unprecedented days, David Cameron resigned as prime minister, Boris was installed as favourite to succeed him - only for Gove to torpedo his challenge, and seemingly end his career. Yet when Theresa May took charge, she surprised many by appointing Boris as Foreign Secretary.

Gimson's superb account not only takes the reader behind the scenes, it vividly brings to life one of the most extraordinary political careers in our history.

About The Author

Andrew Gimson is a writer and journalist who contributes to many different publications. His acclaimed life of Boris Johnson, Boris, described by Michael Crick as 'my biography of the year', first appeared in 2006 and was reissued and updated on numerous occasions. He is also the author of Gimson's Kings and Queens, Gimson's Prime Ministers and Gimson's Presidents.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (March 29, 2012)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780857207395

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Raves and Reviews

'My biography of the year'

– Michael Crick

'The scariest thing I've read since Silence of the Lambs'

– Ken Livingstone

'Boris is a mational treasure, and Gimson has done him proud'

– Sunday Times

'It is all rubbish from start to finish - but well-written rubbish'

– Boris Johnson


– Sebastian Payne

'A scintillating eulogy'

– Daily Telegraph

'A beautifully written biography ... In Gimson, [Boris] has found a generous biographer who has interviewed Johnson's friends and colleagues in journalism and Parliament. The author admits to being a friend but pulls no punches.'

– Michael White, Guardian

'The trick for politicians is to alchemise their abilities into charisma, as Andrew Gimson shows in his rollicking Boris'

– Observer

'Richly entertaining'

– John Rentoul, Independent

'Boris, Andrew Gimson's stylish biography of the nation's buffoon, simply shimmers with good will to all men. The result is an effervescent delight'

– Zenga Longmore, Spectator


– Simon Carr, Independent

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