A gang of comedy terrorists penetrates the heart of Parliament. A Tory MP's researcher is to blame for the worst security breach in centuries. Ministers look on aghast as Westminster is defended by grand old men in silk stockings, breeches and ceremonial swords. The determination of our times to trump the best fiction can conjure was illustrated again last month when protesters burst into the House of Commons, comprehensively scooping the plot of Boris Johnson's novel, Seventy Two Virgins, for sheer effrontery and farce. The author imagines a group of Islamic militants pulling off an equivalent coup de theatre in the adjacent Westminster Hall, just as the US President is delivering a tiresome speech.
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Boris Johnson’s novel, Seventy-Two Virgins: A glimpse into his inner world
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But, if the member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip forms a government this summer, he will, in one respect, immediately emulate Churchill, and indeed Benjamin Disraeli — as a Conservative prime minister who is also a novelist. Disraeli had published 14 works of fiction by the time he took the highest office, while Churchill was a one-off novelist — an African adventure yarn, Savrola — in common with his modern Tory impersonator. Seventy-Two Virgins — A Comedy of Errors came out at the start of September , when Johnson was MP for Henley, shadow arts minister, and simultaneously editor of the Spectator, in contradiction of an apparent undertaking to the then proprietor not to combine the editorship with parliament.