Boris Johnson lands £500k advance for his eagerly-awaited memoir covering his time as Prime Minister
Boris Johnson has been given an advance of half a million pounds for his memoir.
The former Tory PM’s latest entry in Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interests states he received ‘£510,000 as an advance on an upcoming book’.
The autobiography is set to tell of his dramatic spell in No10, covering the pandemic, the Partygate scandal and the war in Ukraine.
Publishers HarperCollins have acquired the rights.
The former Tory PM’s latest entry in Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interests states he received ‘£510,000 as an advance on an upcoming book’
Mr Johnson also reportedly received a £500,000 advance for a biography of the bard, entitled Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius
Mr Johnson, 58, is eventually expected to earn millions from the memoir.
Labour PM Tony Blair reportedly received £4.6million for his book A Journey.
Former David Cameron was said to have earned £1.5million for his memoir, ‘For The Record’, while Gordon Brown is understood to have received more than £400,000 for ‘My Life, Our Times’.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock published his own version of the Government’s handling of the pandemic late last year with his Pandemic Diaries.
Journalist Mr Johnson has already written several books, including the international bestseller The Churchill Factor, a biography of the wartime leader, and a comic political novel – Seventy-Two Virgins.
Mr Johnson reportedly received a £500,000 advance for a biography of the bard, entitled Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius.
The book was due to be published in 2016, but has yet to hit the shelves.
As a backbencher he has also significantly topped-up his MP salary by touring the speaking circuit, declaring more than £1million in speaking fees since leaving office in September.