Boris Johnson Set To Explore The Churchill Factor
Dateline: London, 4 June
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton announced that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has agreed to write a book on the character, life, legacy and meaning today of Sir Winston Churchill tentatively set to be called The Churchill Factor. “I am interested in the memory of Churchill, and how it has been distorted,” Johnson stated. “He is the resounding human rebuttal to all Marxist historians who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces,” the Mayor continued. “The point of the ‘Churchill Factor’ is that one man can make all the difference.” The book is set to be published in Britain in the fall of 2014 coinciding with the 140th anniversary of Churchill’s birth.
Rupert Lancaster, Hodder & Stoughton’s non-fiction publisher, comments, “Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill feels like the perfect match of author and subject.” The Mayor “combines scholarship, passion and objectivity–and whatever he writes is supremely readable.” Gordon Wise of Curtis Brown Ltd, which represents Churchill Heritage and coordinates the rights of the Churchill Family, added: “We see it as one of the jewels in the programme of events to promote leadership and education in 2015, the year that will mark fifty years since Sir Winston Churchill’s death and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.”