In 2009, Johnson became editor of The Lady magazine, the longest-running weekly women’s mag – a post she held for three years.
One of Johnson’s finest achievements, however, came in 2008, where she picked up the Bad Sex award (don’t worry, it’s just a writing prize). The Literary Review’s annual achievement was gifted to Johnson’s novel Shire Hell, which compared a character’s “light fingers” to “a moth caught inside a lampshade”, and their tongue to “a cat lapping up a dish of cream so as not to miss a single drop”. Hmm.
Moving on swiftly: Johnson’s also presented several TV shows, including BBC4’s How to Be a Lady: An Elegant History. You can also catch her as a panellist on Sky News’ weekly debate show, The Pledge.
She’s also been on a celebrity blind date with Nigel Farage for BBC News. It’s as hard to watch as it sounds.