‘The Journey’ to publicise Tony Blair’s memoirs (to be published September 2010)

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    4th March 2010

    Tony Blair’s official website with the news on his memoirs release

    The cover of Tony Blair's memoirs - 'Tony Blair, The Journey' - to be released in September 2010.

    The photograph below is used at his office website on the announcement regarding his book –

    From Tony Blair’s office

    “The memoirs of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be published in September, it was announced today by Gail Rebuck, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Random House Group. Tony Blair: The Journey will be published in the UK by Hutchinson and simultaneously in the United States by Knopf and Canada by Knopf Canada.

    In 1997, Tony Blair won the biggest Labour victory in history to sweep the party to power and end 18 years of Conservative government. He has been one of the most dynamic leaders of modern times; few British prime ministers have shaped the nation’s course as profoundly as Tony Blair did, during his ten years in power. His achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. His memoirs reveal in intimate detail this unique political and personal journey and provide an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, charting successes, controversies and disappointments with an extraordinary candour. They will prove essential and compulsive reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our global world.

    “Tony Blair’s The Journey will break new ground in prime ministerial memoirs just as Blair himself broke the mould of British politics,” said Rebuck.  “His book is frank, open, revealing and written in an intimate and accessible style.  As an account of the nature and uses of power, it will have a readership that extends well beyond politics, to all those who want to understand the challenge of leadership in today’s world.”

    Tony Blair says: “I have really enjoyed the writing of the book. I have tried to write a book which describes the human as much as the political dimensions of life as Prime Minister. Though necessarily retrospective, it is an attempt to inform and shape current and future thinking as much as an historical account of the past. Most of all I want readers to have as much pleasure reading it as I had writing it.”

    “Tony Blair is an extremely popular figure in North America,” said Sonny Mehta, his US publisher. “His memoir is refreshing, both for its candour and vivid portrayal of political life. We all knew Blair was an extraordinary statesman and gifted thinker. We can now add exceptional writer to that list.”

    Hutchinson will publish Tony Blair: The Journey in hardback, priced £25.00 with a simultaneous edition available as an eBook and in audio, read by Mr Blair.  Knopf and Knopf Canada will publish their hardcover editions of Tony Blair: The Journey simultaneously with Hutchinson.

    Knopf will also publish an eBook and audio read by the author.  Translation rights have been sold in twelve territories worldwide and Mr Blair will embark on a national and international author tour immediately upon release of the book.

    Hutchinson is an imprint of The Random House Group in the UK; Alfred A. Knopf is one of the flagship imprints of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. in the US.; Knopf Canada is an imprint of Random House of Canada. Random House is owned by Bertelsmann AG, the international media company.”


    TIMING

    No actual date in September is given but in time-honoured fashion it will be just in time for the party conference season. This will also be well after a new government will have been ensconced.

    Tony Blair’s “ground-breaking” memoirs will hit the bookshelves at the height of political and press interest, just after the summer holidays. And perhaps when a new party/parties is/are just beginning to work within a new mandate/mandates.

    The book is described as “ground-breaking” partly because he will also be making audio and e-book versions, in which he will read the book himself.  In no time it’ll be all over the internet in selected YouTube excerpts.

    Mr Blair will also go on a UK and international tour to publicise the book.  I wouldn’t have thought that was necessary, given that his publishers and he could probably get by on the proceeds of the translation rights already sold to “12 territories so far”.

    [Just wondering – what’s a “territory” exactly?]

    But there may be other reasons for this tour.  By September many of us may well be ready to see more of him, given that we will then have the comparison of a new or the present Prime Minister at Number 10 against whom to compare communicative ability notes.


    Also reported at The Northern Echo

    TONY Blair’s long awaited memoir is to be published in September and will be called The Journey, it was announced today.

    The former Prime Minister and MP for Sedgefield said “it will describe the human as much as the political dimensions” of his years leading the country.

    Gail Rebuck, chief executive of publishing group Random House, said the book will break new ground in prime ministerial memoirs.

    Mr Blair will voice the audio version of the book, which will be published in print and electronic eBook versions.

    Mr Blair, who appeared before the Iraq Inquiry in January, said: “I have really enjoyed the writing of the book. I have tried to write a book which describes the human as much as the political dimensions of life as Prime Minister.

    “Though necessarily retrospective, it is an attempt to inform and shape current and future thinking as much as an historical account of the past. Most of all I want readers to have as much pleasure reading it as I had writing it.”

    Mr Blair is pictured on the cover looking both solemn, but half-smiling, dressed smartly yet informally in black jacket and shirt with the top button undone.

    The book is to be published by Randoms imprint Hutchinson in the UK, and will appear simultaneously in the US, published by Knopf, and Canada – published by Knopf Canada.

    Ms Rebuck said: “Tony Blair’s ‘The Journey’ will break new ground in prime ministerial memoirs, just as Blair himself broke the mould of British politics.

    “His book is frank, open, revealing and written in an intimate and accessible style.

    “As an account of the nature and uses of power, it will have a readership that extends well beyond politics, to all those who want to understand the challenge of leadership in today’s world,” she added.

    Mr Blair’s US publisher Sonny Mehta said: “Tony Blair is an extremely popular figure in North America.

    “His memoir is refreshing, both for its candour and vivid portrayal of political life. We all knew Blair was an extraordinary statesman and gifted thinker. We can now add exceptional writer to that list.”

    Mr Blair will go on a UK and international tour to publicise the book, which will be priced at £25.

    Translation rights have been sold to 12 territories so far.


    RELATED

    John Rentoul says it is “interesting” that Tony Blair will publish his memoirs in September, because Mr Rentoul suggests that this date might mean that  Blair “does not believe that Labour will win the election this year.”

    On the other hand (thinks … conspiracy hat on) this announcement has been made the day before Gordon Brown appears at the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry. A shot across bows? Watch your step, Gordon. No throwing your old mate to the wolves, you hear?

    There is still time in this ‘Journey’ for alterations, political and/or personal. The book is not yet in print.


    And here – Mr. Blair […] said that the book […] would give his perspectives on the lead-up to the Iraq war, peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and his relationship with his successor, Gordon Brown. “I have tried to write a book which describes the human as much as the political dimensions of life as prime minister,” Mr. Blair said in a statement.




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    6 Responses to “‘The Journey’ to publicise Tony Blair’s memoirs (to be published September 2010)”

    1. Little Ole American Says:

      I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I have only one problem with it; I want a SIGNED copy!!!

    2. Mike Henderson Says:

      I’m really anxious to get a copy of Mr. Blair’s memoirs, and with a little luck perhaps the former Prime Mimister will have a book tour stop fairly close to northwest Arkansas?! Best wishes to Mr. Blair for the years to come!!!!

    3. Theo Reed Says:

      I also will be purchasing his book when it becomes available here in Canada and is Tony travelling to Toronto or Ottawa for his book signings?

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Sorry, Mr Reed, I don’t know. But I wouldn’t be surprised. He often visits Toronto. Presumably his website will keep us up-to-date. Latest information at his new website on the memoirs is on a visit to Dublin on 3rd September, and a book signing on Saturday 4th September.

        However he will be attending the Washington meeting on the Middle East peace process, 1st and 2nd September. May not be a lot of time to fit in any signing then though as the book only comes out in the UK on 1st.

        I too am very much looking foward to reading this book.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Hi again Mr Reed,

        Just noticed you signed the Ban Blair-Baiting petition. It’s not my petition, but I keep an eye on it and link to it at every post. Thank you for your comment, by the way.

        “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”

        Update on your enquiry about his visiting Canada. I spotted this at The Telegraph. It’s about his American trip around 13th September, for the Liberty Medal award. So deserved when you compare him to Obama’s ridiculous (imho) Nobel Peace Prize. But as it’s in PA, perhaps he’ll get up to Vancouver.

        “Mr Blair is pulling out all the stops to ensure success. The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that his family – Cherie and the four children – will be wheeled out in America at the start of a promotional tour. It will be the first time the Blair family has been photographed in public since he left Downing Street in June 2007. Mr Blair spends large amounts of time away from his wife and out of the country, pursuing lucrative business interests mainly in America and Asia or else working for his own charitable foundations in Africa and around the world. About one day a month, he will fly to Jerusalem, where he has the task of trying to broker peace in the Middle East in his role as envoy representing the United Nations, the European Union, America and Russia. Mrs Blair is reported to be unhappy with their absences on business.

        Whatever the truth, they will play happy families for the cameras in Philadelphia, where Mr Blair is due to be awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal, an American version of the Nobel Peace Prize. Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev.

        Mr Blair’s great friend Bill Clinton, the former president who chairs the foundation in charge of the prize, will give him his medal.

        Organisers, confirming the Blairs will turn up en masse, said that there was no particular reason why Mr Blair was winning the medal this year, although its timing – at the start of his American book tour on September 13 – could not be better. The glitzy award ceremony is televised across America, a country which, unlike his homeland, still holds him in high regard.

        “There isn’t a specific overriding reason [why he is getting the prize] right now,” says David Eisner, who runs the awards and who previously worked as a senior official in the George W Bush administration. “This year he [Blair] was the strongest candidate. This is a very significant honour, which is growing in importance in America. Six former recipients have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize.”

        Mr Eisner confirmed that the whole Blair family will fly in for the event. For the publisher Random House, which has paid Mr Blair the reported multi-million pound advance, sales in the States are crucial.

        Stopping in Philadelphia for just a few hours, Mr Blair will then head to New York for an interview with Katie Couric, the world’s highest- paid news anchor whose interrogation of Sarah Palin during the American election was so damaging to the Republicans. From there he will go to Harvard, where he will be “in conversation” with Tina Brown, the former editor of the New Yorker. Two days later, Mr Blair will pop back up in London to see Pope Benedict XVI during his British tour.”

        Well, he needs to make room for The Pope in his busy schedule, after all ;o)

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