Rake's Progress: My Life in Politics - Signed Edition (Hardback)Rachel Johnson (author)
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Provocative despatches from the heart of Britain’s leading political family, Rake’s Progress sees Rachel Johnson trying to make sense of Westminster, Whitehall and the wider country – and her own part in the chaos of the last few years. Disarmingly candid and self-aware, and bursting with juicy anecdote and revelation, this is breezy, informal autobiography of the most entertaining kind.
Rachel Johnson was born into what has been described by some as the UK's most famous political family, and by others as 'Poundshop Kennedys'. She was always keen to avoid the family business at all costs and plough her own furrow as a broadcaster, novelist and journalist. But, after the referendum to leave the EU in 2016, she felt the heavy hand of fate. When an insurgent centre party burst onto the scene in 2019, she felt compelled to stand for something rather than nothing - which happened to be just as her own older brother, Boris, was making his final assault on Downing Street. As some joked, she went into politics to spend more time with her family.
Rake's Progress tells the extraordinary story of what happened next. From long silences on the radio when asked tricky policy questions to loud curses from David Cameron during tennis matches, Rachel reveals all about her brief political career. Taking on Ann Widdecombe and the Brexit Party, would she and her party make history - or become a forgotten footnote in the rolling omnishambles of British politics?
Beyond her own story, Rake's Progress highlights the importance of standing up for your beliefs and the challenges of life in the public eye, and takes the reader behind the scenes, from the campaign trail to the 'Westminster bubble' and the carpeted corridors of power. Written with great honesty and self-deprecating humour, this is a book that reveals the very human side of politics.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 23 mm
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“Highly entertaining read”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the specifics of the European election may not be for everyone, Rachel Johnson’s words and her generous and witty style make for a great read
Rachel Johnson is utterly hilarious as she doesn’t take herself too seriously and yet let’s you into her biggest insecurities that makes her likeable and relatable
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