Blair's Journey online "tonight"

Blair's Journey online "tonight"

<p>Extracts from Tony Blair&#39;s memoir <em>A Journey</em> will go online &quot;tonight&quot;, according to his publisher Cornerstone.</p><p>Excerpts from the book will appear on the book&#39;s dedicated website, <a href="www.tonyblairjourney.co.uk" target="_blank">www.tonyblairjourney.co.uk</a>, just ahead of publication tomorrow morning (1st September).</p><p>But Blair&#39;s interview with Andrew Marr on BBC2 at 7pm tomorrow night will be the only broadcast interview the former prime minister will give on publication day. Blair is in the US &quot;at the invitation of president Obama&quot;, a spokesperson for his office said today.</p><p>Strict security is in place around the book&#39;s release. Jon Howells, national press officer at Waterstone&#39;s, said stores had been receiving their copies and holding them in secure areas prior to putting them out during the night.</p><p>The chain will keep to its usual opening hours, with the first books going on sale at the Leadenhall Market branch in the City of London at 8am.</p><p>Amazon has said <em>A Journey</em> is &quot;on target to become biggest political memoir of all time on Amazon.co.uk&quot;, with pre-orders 36% up on Peter Mandelson&#39;s <em>The Third Man</em>, currently the retailer&#39;s most successful political memoir.</p><p>&quot;Both books have performed very well and, perhaps unsurprisingly in a year when there has been a general election, we are encountering a strong appetite for books from the world of politics,&quot; said Amy Worth, head of books buying. But she added that the new offerings from Nigella Lawson,<br />Terry Pratchett and Sophie Kinsella were all currently ahead of Blair on the pre-order chart. </p><p>The former prime minister will travel to Dublin on 3rd September for an RTE interview and Eason&#39;s signing, and will be in London on the 8th September to sign copies of the memoir at Waterstone&#39;s Piccadilly. <br /> </p>