He's the author of a farce called Seventy-Two Virgins, a Churchill biography and a book in verse about pushy parents. They all say something about his personality.

In 2004, years before he was poised to become Britain's next prime minister, Boris Johnson published Seventy-Two Virgins.

His novel, which has sold more than 46,000 copies according to Nielsen Book Research, is a farce about a terrorist plot to assassinate America's president during a state visit to Britain, featuring a contest reminiscent of reality television, much talk of buxom women and occasional mocking of Britain's welfare policies.

Reviewers called it everything from

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