Stanley Johnson is a writer, former politician and passionate animal rights and environmental campaigner. He’s also the father of six children—including the current Mayor of London.
Kennedy’s Latin Primer
By Benjamin Hall Kennedy
This was my introduction to the classics. At school, we studied all the nouns, adjectives, verbs, declensions and conjugations that made up Latin— I found it exciting to understand how a language was constructed; it set me on the road to being a classicist.
By Aimé Tschiffely
(The Long Riders' Guild Press, £19.99)
Imagine riding 10,000 miles from Buenos Aires in Argentina, through Central America to New York! Tschiffely embarked on his journey with two horses in 1925 and I thought it the most wonderfully adventurous thing. Even today there isn’t a road that takes you from South to North America. I was still at school when I read his story and had only ever been abroad once in my life but, a few years later during my gap year, I too went to South America. I’ve been travelling the world for work and enlightening experiences ever since.
The Gathering Storm
By Winston Churchill
(Penguin Classics, £17.60)
I started reading Churchill’s six volumes on the Second World War when I was about 12. There’s a line in The Gathering Storm that describes his feelings when he first became Prime Minister on May 10, 1940, which has stayed with me all my life: “I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and this trial.” I wrote to him when he took office for the second time and was thrilled to get a letter back.
Stanley Johnson’s second volume of his memoirs, Stanley, I Resume, is out now.
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