A close ally of parliament told The Telegraph on Monday evening: “Boris Johnson lives in the minds of many rent-free people, so writing a book is a good opportunity to put his version of events on the table for the record. “
Mr Johnson, 58, who was a reporter and columnist for The Daily Telegraph for three decades before coming into government, sometimes when he was Prime Minister held a reporter’s notepad with the date on it, suggesting he might be able to will be in reply to contemporaneous notes for his memoirs.
His memoir comes after his former culture minister, Nadine Dorries, publishes her account of Johnson’s demise, titled “The Plot.” Johnson allegedly told his allies to “tell her everything”.
Mr Johnson is expected to begin work on the memoir after completing his work on Shakespeare – Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius – which was originally commissioned in 2015 by publisher Hodder and Stoughton, with an advance payment of £88,000.
Mr. Johnson has written nearly a dozen books, including a biography of Winston Churchill, The Churchill Factor, and the self-illustrated children’s book The Perils Of Pushy Parents, which has sold nearly 613,000 copies.
HarperCollins bought the worldwide rights to the book in a deal negotiated by Natasha Fairweather with book agents Rogers, Coleridge & White.
HarperCollins – controlled by News Corp, which is controlled by newspaper publisher Rupert Murdoch, has a history of publishing prime ministers’ memoirs, having snapped up the rights to David Cameron’s ‘For the Record’, published in 2019, for up to £1million .
It is widely expected that Mr Johnson has agreed an advance of more than £1 million for his memoirs. The amount paid is unlikely to be as high as the £4.6 million paid to former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair for his Downing St memoir, ‘A Journey’, published in 2010.
Mr Johnson declined to comment. A friend said he would disclose any cash advance to the House of Commons in the usual manner.
The journalist in Mr. Johnson will also know that quick memoirs will ensure that his account of his time in politics is still relevant to today’s fast-paced political environment.
He will want to avoid the fate of Mr Cameron, who stepped down as Prime Minister in 2016 but did not publish his account of his tenure until three years later in 2019, largely after a collective shrug from the village of Westminster.