Tony Blair cancels Waterstone's book signing

Tony Blair cancels Waterstone's book signing

<p>Tony Blair has cancelled his book signing at Waterstone&rsquo;s Piccadilly. The former prime minister said this morning that he was thinking about whether to go ahead with the controversial book signing after violent demonstrations at a signing held in Eason&#39;s in Ireland over the weekend.</p><p>Blair has now confirmed that Wednesday&#39;s signing will not go ahead because he does not want the public disrupted by the &quot;inevitable&quot; demonstrations.</p><p>In a statement, Blair said: &quot;I very much enjoyed meeting my readers in Dublin and was looking forward to doing the same in London. However, I have decided not to go ahead with the signing as I don&#39;t want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protestors. I know the Metropolitan Police would, as ever, have done a superb job in managing any disruption but I do not wish to impose an extra strain on police resources, simply for a book signing. I&#39;m really sorry for those - as ever the majority - who would have come to have their books signed by me in person. I hope they understand.&quot;</p><p>Waterstone&#39;s managing director, Dominic Myers, said: &quot;Our job as a bookseller is to bring books to our customers, and where possible enable them to meet authors as well. It is a matter of regret that because of the likely actions of a minority, our customers are now not able to meet a three-times elected prime minister of the United Kingdom, whose book has become our fastest-selling autobiography ever.&quot;</p><p>Random House has said that a limited number of signed copies of <em>A Journey</em> will be available from the Piccadilly store from 9am on Thursday, 9th September. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis, one copy per customer. </p>