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Boris Johnson: The Gambler

Tom Bower

Chair: Matthew D'Ancona

07/03/2021 6:45 pm
Virtual Event, Available of KPlayer

Ticket Price : £12.50

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Hero or villain? Maverick or chancer? In his latest book Tom Bower, described by Tatler as “the master of the unauthorised biography”, takes on the current Prime Minister. Based on a wealth of new interviews and research, he asks what his real achievements and failures were as Mayor of London, what influence the women in his life have had and why his story is ultimately overshadowed by family secrets. Bower is in conversation with the man who succeeded Johnson as editor of The Spectator, author and columnist Matthew D’Ancona.

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Tom Bower


Tom Bower is an acclaimed investigative journalist and best-selling biographer, author of 24 books including Nazi Gold, and the lives of Robert Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Blair, Prince Charles and Jeremy Corbyn.

Matthew D'Ancona


Matthew d’Ancona is an award-winning journalist and author. He is an Editor and Partner at Tortoise Media, and was previously Editor of the Spectator, lifting the magazine to record circulation. He has written columns for the Evening Standard, Guardian, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, GQ, and the International New York Times. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, and was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1989. His new book, Identity, Ignorance, Innovation will be published on 18th March. He has two sons and lives in London.