The Boris Johnson biography of Churchill: The Churchill Factor was discussed at this month’s meeting.
We all agreed across the board that this was an easy read, but written in a curious mixture of language, alternating randomly "from the slightly infantile, boys’ own paper stuff to the portentous, i.e. from schoolboy slang to esoteric vocabulary with mixtures of metaphors and similes".
Although Johnson is clearly very enamoured of Churchill, and in many ways can be seen to be trying to emulate him in his own life, the book did not nevertheless avoid the more contentious episodes in Churchill's life, although Boris did always endeavour to offer some mitigating evidence. Quite how much some of this was to be trusted was not always certain, although undoubtedly much of it is recorded fact. This was not a serious book, but nevertheless we all learnt something, and were entertained along the way.