Rake’s Progress: The Madcap True Tale of My Political Midlife Crisis by Rachel Johnson

It takes nerve for a novice to run for office. It takes even more nerve to make opposition to Brexit your cause when your famous older brother, Boris Johnson, is a leading Brexiteer and used that to become prime minister of Britain. But it takes real talent to write a book about the experience with enough insight, verve, and humor for your family to (maybe) still be willing to have you to dinner.

Rachel Johnson, a journalist and columnist for Air Mail, tells the tale in a new memoir that treads lightly on both her failed attempt to run for the European Parliament and her distinguished and distinctly eccentric family, known in Britain as “the Poundshop Kennedys.” Rachel Johnson may be in a position that Eunice Kennedy once held, but she handles it with the élan of a Phoebe Waller-Bridge.