'Frank' Blair memoirs out in September

<p>Former prime minister Tony&#39;s Blair&#39;s memoirs will be published by Hutchinson in September. The book will be titled <em>Tony Blair: The Journey</em> (&pound;25), and will be published simultaneously in the US by Knopf and in Canada by Knopf Canada. Blair will be doing a national and international author tour.<br /><br />Gail Rebuck, chairman and chief executive of the Random House Group, said the book &quot;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 understand the challenge of leadership in today&#39;s world.&quot;<br /><br />Blair said: &quot;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 in writing it.&quot;</p><p>On the timing of today&#39;s announcement, which comes ahead of a general election widely predicted for 6th May, Cornerstone publicity director Charlotte Bush said: &quot;I&#39;m preparing my autumn catalogue, and it is part of our natural selling cycle that we announce the book now, prior to the London Book Fair. Our motivation, as always, is to give our key non-fiction titles a proper lead time.&quot;</p><p>Bush said the autumn&#39;s events schedule for the book had not yet been finalised, as customers were only being approached with the news now, but added that the former prime minister was &quot;absolutely committed to promoting it.&quot; Bush will be handling the autumn&#39;s publicity campaign herself. &quot;I can&#39;t wait,&quot; she said.<br /><br />The book is said to reveal in &quot;intimate&quot; detail Blair&#39;s unique political and personal journey, and provide an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, charting successes, controversies and disappointments with &quot;an extraordinary candour.&quot;<br /><br />A simultaneous edition of <em>Tony Blair: The Journey </em>will be available as an ebook and in audio, read by the author. Translation rights have been sold in 12 territories worldwide.</p><p>The memoir was acquired by Random House in October 2007. The fee was not disclosed by estimates reported in the UK put the figure at &pound;5m to &pound;6m. </p>