I B Tauris elects to study New Labour trio

I B Tauris elects to study New Labour trio

<p>Independent publisher I B Tauris is to go head to head with Random House and HarperCollins with its own big political title, as publishers prepare to mark New Labour&#39;s passing with a raft of major political titles this autumn.</p><p><em> Trio: Inside the Blair, Brown, Mandelson Project </em>by Labour insider (now Lord) Giles Radice is being pitched as &quot;perhaps a corrective&quot; to the Blair and Mandelson memoirs being published by Random House and HarperCollins respectively.</p><p>Joanna Godfrey, editor at I B Tauris, said: &quot;<em>Trio</em> will be the only post-New Labour book written by an insider with first-hand knowledge of what was going on behind-the-scenes, but who doesn&#39;t have an axe to grind.&quot; In the book Radice describes Blair as &quot;undermined by an unshakeable conviction that he was right&quot;; Brown as a &quot;wooden and curiously un-self-confident Prime Minister&quot;; while Mandelson emerges as a &quot;supreme courtier&quot;.</p><p>The book is being released on 13th September in hardback priced at &pound;20, two weeks after Tony Blair&#39;s <em>A Journey</em> (Random House, 1st September, &pound;25). Both, however, follow HarperCollins, which publishes Peter Mandelson&#39;s autobiography <em>The Third Man</em> (HarperCollins) on 15th July, priced &pound;25.</p><p>I B Tauris is promising a &quot;substantial&quot; first print run, as well as national newspaper serialisation ahead of the book&#39;s launch. The book is also being updated to include the latest on the election to find the new leader of the Labour Party. Neither Random, nor Harper, have yet to reveal serialisation deals for their titles.</p><p>Lord Radice was Labour MP for Durham North and chairman of the Treasury Committee until becoming a Life Peer in 2001. </p>