Blair gets rich without writing a wordNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:52 am ICT by admin
Friends of the Blair say he has “not even started writing yet” so publication of the book is at least two years away.
It means the book may not come out until after Gordon Brown fights the next General Election, which would give his predecessor more leeway to write what he likes.
The book will be published as a single volume, but there will also be lucrative serialisation rights in the UK and the U.S.
Blair, who took up a job as Middle East envoy for the Quartet after quitting in June, said last night: “I hope my memoirs will provide a serious and thoughtful, but also entertaining, reflection on my time as a Member of Parliament and as Prime Minister.”
The book will be published under the Hutchinson imprint in Britain and by Alfred A Knopf in the U.S., both part of the Random House group.
The publisher beat Rupert Murdoch’s company Harper Collins in a bidding war for Blair’s signature.
Random House CEO Gail Rebuck, who is married to Lord Gould, Blair’s senior pollster during his time as Labour leader, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be publishing Tony Blair’s memoirs. He was an extraordinary prime minister, and this will be an extraordinary book. It is a great privilege for all of us to be working with him on this unique project.”
Blair has used the same agent who negotiated Bill Clinton’s publishing deal.
Washington lawyer Robert Barnett secured a massive six million pound for Clinton’s autobiography titled “My Life” and, with a joint UK and U.S. deal, Blair could expect to match that figure.
His wife Cherie has already earned a reputed 1.5-million pounds for her life story, to be published next year.
She is also rumoured to be dishing the dirt on her husband’s relationship with Gordon Brown. (ANI)
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