Blair to tell PM story through Random House
- 26 October 2007
Former prime minister Tony Blair has agreed a deal with the world’s biggest publisher for his memoirs; however it is thought his life story will not materialise for another two years.
Random House scooped the deal, with both Mr Blair and the publisher declining to make the fee public – though experts claim it could be as much as £5 million.
After 10 years in office, Mr Blair handed the reigns over to Gordon Brown in June. The relationship between the two towards the end of his tenure came under constant scrutiny.
Sources closes to the former prime minister claim the book will be ‘frank but not disloyal’, suggesting it could go further to explain the so called ‘Blair-Brown Deal’ than Alastair Campbell’s diaries.
He said: ‘I hope my memoirs will provide a serious and thoughtful, but also entertaining, reflection on my time as a member of Parliament and as prime minister.’
Now 54, Mr Blair is the Middle Easy envoy for the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia.
‘Tony Blair is one of the most significant world leaders of the modern era,’ said Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor in chief at the publisher’s US arm Knopf.
‘He has a remarkable story to tell.’