Published: Lightning Books (November 2021)

ISBN: 9781785633072

Staggering Hubris

Josh Berry


The memoir of Boris Johnson’s most classic SPAD:

The ’Rona Years, Vol. 1

‘A pitch-perfect send-up’ Evening Standard

Unless you’re a woman on Tinder between the ages of 19 and 30 in the Clapham area, or a high-end cocaine dealer operating in South West London, you probably won’t have heard of Rafe Hubris (BA, Oxon).

Despite that, he’s a crucial figure in the life of our nation. As Boris Johnson’s most classic special adviser (SPAD) at Number 10, he helped the UK government skilfully and efficiently control the Covid crisis, containing it for good by the end of 2020.

In the first of what will doubtless be many memoirs as Rafe travels his own inevitable journey to the premiership, this fly-on-the-wall account documents his Year of ’Rona in its entirety (and iniquity).

Even non-Oxbridge readers (for whom the author has taken care to keep his language as accessible as possible) will come away from this volume struck by how lucky we are to have him. Floreat Etona!*

*Note for non-Oxbridge readers: this means ‘May Eton flourish’ in Latin.**

**Latin is the language of Ancient Rome and its empire.






‘A pitch-perfect send-up’ Evening Standard




Josh Berry

Josh Berry is a stand-up comedian, satirist and writer. He started his career in comedy with great success as an impressionist, doing voices on Dead Ringers, The Tracey Ullman Show and The Now Show at just 22 years old.

In 2018 he took his debut tour Voice Thief, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since developed a touring show, Josh Berry: Who does he think he is?.

He is now best known for his many satirical characters, most notably Rafe Hubris (BA, Oxon), the parody government advisor character who became a sensation during lockdown and has accrued well over 20 million views across social media.

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