Stanley I Presume? Hardcover – 19 Mar 2009
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“A hilarious memoir” - THE SUNDAY TIMES
***** (FIVE STARS) "Laugh out loud funny - once you've read it you'll understand a lot more about what makes Boris tick" - NEWS OF THE WORLD
**** (FOUR STARS) "This is a very funny book - Stanley devotes most of his autobiography to telling jokes at his own expense" - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
“A wonderful jaw-dropping account of a rollercoaster life. Johnson senior does not disappoint… the book is a triumph” - ANNE ROBINSON
"Poet, explorer, irresistibly funny…. This lovely book reflects its author's delightful personality" - ESTHER RANTZEN
“There’s no-one I’d rather go into the jungle with” - JOAN BAKEWELL
“From the early days of running across a mat of spring flowers at the stadium at Olympia, to a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival, via the politics and people of his time, Stanley Johnson's life sparkles with a joy of living. He writes with the wit and humour of a true raconteur. Stanley, I Presume, is a fascinating read of a fascinating life” - ZOE WANAMAKER
'a rip-roaring read!' Boris Johnson, Telegraph, Books of the Year
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But there is more to the book than just humour. In an easy undidactic way, important beliefs come clear, especially about the urgent need to protect the planet and to conserve the things that are good about life. It is interesting how the autobiography shows that these values are rooted in the Johnson family farm deep in Exmoor, the place that always draws Stanley back from whichever exotic corner of the globe his travels have taken him to.
I felt better for reading this book!
That is one of many anecdotes made all the better for how they are told. There's a classical grammarian's relish in building to the punch line of an exchange in a "proper" Bombay cobbler's (page 147). But there is also an attractively gentle wit, especially when writing about his father, who (he speculates) might have developed "the technique of the inaudible response" when dealing with questions at school about his own Turkish father and his non-appearance at school sports days. A poem on his father's death is very moving.
The title is cunning. It alludes to a famous anecdote and yet by modifying the phrasing of both that and his own story about an African safari in 1976, he bats away any suggestion of self-importance. By inviting this Stanley home, you will meet the perfect houseguest, who brings everyone into the conversation and never presumes to outstay his welcome.
To the publishers: why no index? The vignettes of public figures, messages on over-population and insights into UN and EU bureaucracies deserve one. To the author: please persuade your wife that in twenty years or so you can provide your readers with a second helping, while still respecting her privacy.
Stanley, father of London Mayor, Boris, describes his population control initiative and `Pills Grim Progress', his poetry success, solace he found in pollution control, the briefcase he lost off a landrover - in a desert - containing family passports and flight tickets, that was later found and handed to him with the words: "Stanley, I presume?", and many perfectly true and amazing stories from deep and darkest Devon.
This autobiography goes back to Boris's grandfather, greatgrandfather and King George II.
Stanley *you rock* and now all we need is to read your sequel for 40 years + ...
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A very intestering and readable book, I was very pleased with the price of the book and it came in the post very quickly. Thank you.Published 13 months ago by pjc
Tory toff : all found; no sweat, not a member of the proltetareate or the deserving poor.
interesting book.Not as amusing as I thought it would be but worth reading. It says a fair bit about Boris too.Published 23 months ago by V. Fowler
Fabulous book. Great read. What a character - mind you I'm glad I'm not married to him! Crazy, clever captivating storyPublished on 11 Jan. 2014 by Lynda James
After reading excerpts in the Times, I eventually got around to purchasing in 2009. I was disappointed and found it a laboured read, not at all a pageturner. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by G. P. Sarginson
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