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Johnson's Life of London


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Boris Johnson is the very popular and internationally known Mayor of London. Educated at Oxford, he began his career as a journalist, writing for the Times and the Telegraph (for whom he still contributes a regular column), and working his way up to editor of the Spectator. He is the author of Johnson's Life of London (Riverhead, 2012) and The Churchill Factor (Riverhead, 2014). He was elected to the House of Commons in 2001 and served there until he was elected Mayor in 2008. Johnson is a regular on British television and radio. He lives in London with his wife and four children.


"A sparkling blend of history, biography, and geography... Johnson's exuberant paean makes a persuasive case that genius breeds genius." -The New York Times Book Review

"Flush with anecdotes on everyone from Queen Boudica to Keith another unique London personality, the tow-headed, bicycle-riding Mayor Boris Johnson." -Vogue

"[A] chummy, chatty history... [Boris] has a flair for describing personalities." -Smithsonian "[Johnson's] knowledge of London is wide and deep, and he dispenses that history with intelligence and affection." -The Chicago Tribune "With the wit and wisdom for which he is famous, Boris Johnson tells the story of the vibrant city he fell in love with long before he grew up to run it." -Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg "Boris Johnson is Britain's most popular politician. He is also its wittiest--and most erudite. In this book he turns his love for London and his stint as its mayor into an edifying and entertaining romp. There is no voice on the international political stage, and few within the pages of any book, as eclectic, learned, hilarious, and wonderful as his. Not since Winston Churchill has a future Prime Minister of Britain written so well." -Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair

"Engaging... a highly entertaining work of popular history." -Publishers Weekly

"A lively thematic guide...the author shows that there is much more to London than Big Ben, London Bridge and William Shakespeare." -Kirkus "An entertainingly irreverent take on a powerhouse city." -Library Journal

UK Praise for Johnson's Life of London

"[Johnson] exudes excitement and wonder about the city he grew up in and which he now leads. He loves London in all its frantic, grubby, creative glory, and wants to make us feel that way too. ... Revealing anecdotes go far beyond familiar guidebook tales [and] Johnson's unerring eye for detail catches your attention but also moves his story on." -The Daily Mail

"Here's Boris, pedaling madly through the history of the capital... Through portraits of its famous residents... Johnson gives us his very own London, and we can't but be glad that he did." -The Times

"The stories of both the subjects and the city are brilliantly told [and show] an eye for detail that would do Savile Row proud... Resist[s] easy caricature to paint complex pictures of flawed humans." -The Spectator

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