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As you’ll likely have heard, Boris Johnson has signed a deal to write down a book on his time as U.Ok. prime minister. Titles recommended by amusing people on social media embody “Etonment,” “Clownfall” and “The Cock, The Thief, His Wives And Their Lovers.”
Arabella Pike, publishing director at writer William Collins, stated: “This might be a primary ministerial memoir like no different” — which is an odd factor to say as books are all the time speculated to be “like no different” or else they’d be copies of different books, which is frowned upon within the literary world, if not in German academia.
After a heated battle over the rights (gained not by paying essentially the most cash but by stealing pages from a bin), Declassified has an unique extract from Johnson’s book. Enjoy.
“April 12, 2022.
“I used to be woken by the postman — sorry, postal employee. I actually can’t get the cling of this woke stuff. Anyway, an important British postal employee. Best on the planet.
For a second, I had no concept the place I used to be; uncertain if I used to be at dwelling or over at Jennifer Arcuri’s place after a busy night time, er, discussing tech coverage. Turns out the publish chap or chappess was delivering a high quality, a hard and fast penalty discover for attending my very own celebration, no much less. Something to do with that blasted coronavirus. But if a fellow can’t have fun his personal birthday within the firm of a number of dozen associates, colleagues and nameless civil servants then I don’t know what’s occurred to this nice nation. Turns on the market was some type of lockdown that meant the abnormal individuals couldn’t attend the funerals of shut relations. Sounds terrible. Who’s in cost round right here? Oh, it’s me.
Anyway, I discovered the £50 I wanted to pay the high quality within the pocket of an previous pair of trousers; despatched a birthday card to 1 of my kids (undecided if it’s truly the birthday of one of my kids but it’s a good guess that it’s); learn the Telegraph, that high quality literary organ, though not so good as after I labored there; and went again to mattress. Woken 10 minutes later by an aide. Turns out I’ve to apologise for being the primary sitting PM to be fined (suppose I’ll simply copy what Rishi Sunak says).”
No publication date has but been set for the total book. Johnson is of course no stranger to being an writer. He has penned a biography of Winston Churchill in addition to works of fiction together with kids’s books “The Perils Of Pushy Parents” and “The Conservative Party Manifesto.”
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Thanks for all of the entries. Here’s one of the best from our postbag — there’s no prize aside from the reward of laughter, which I believe we are able to all agree is way extra worthwhile than money or booze.
“So then I stated: Tanks, but no tanks!” by Joel Horowitz.
Paul Dallison is POLITICO‘s slot information editor.