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Speaking for Myself: The Autobiography

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Cherie Blair's autobiography takes the reader from a childhood in working-class Liverpool to the heart of the British legal system and then, as the wife of the Prime Minister, to 10 Downing Street. It has been an astonishing journey for a woman whose childhood was full of drama, and who grew up with a fierce sense of justice.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dianne
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading her life story I have tremendous admiration for Cherie Blair. She is a positive role model for all females of any age, religion or race. She is the mother of four, a judge, a barrister in her own right, the head of many charities for women and children, an author, a singer and the wife of one of the world's most influential men. What is most interesting about her though is her personality. I can imagine being at a party in which she was in attendance; it would surely be fun no matt ...more
Christia
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a really informative and interesting read that I thoroughly enjoyed. This was on my list to read before I saw a brief interview with Cherie Blair when the book first came out in the US, and that interview only made me want to read the book even more. Mrs. Blair offers a great “behind the scenes” glimpse of life at #10 Downing Street (technically life at #11 Downing Street, since that is where the Blair family actually lived), not to mention a solid portrait (both personal and profession ...more
Catharine
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To my delighted surprise, I enjoyed this candid, witty biography.
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cherie Blair's main claim to fame is her marriage to Tony Blair who was Britain's Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007. However she is also an interesting individual in her own right: the daughter of a famous actor who has had a prestigious legal career as well as having a front row seat for recent political events. She was widely disliked in the UK, and I have to say that if you don't like Cherie Blair, this is probably not the book that will change your mind. I started reading it with an open mind ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Cherie Blair was the British “First Lady” for ten years. In Speaking For Myself, she tells her life story from birth until her husband left office in 2007. Cherie’s father was a successful actor, but he abandoned his family when she was young. Having no other alternative, Cherie along with her mother and her sister lived with her father’s parents in Liverpool. Cherie’s mother worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices. Her father had children by other women, but never made much time for Cherie and ...more
Dara
Jun 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I will admit to getting this because the reviews in the British press were so entertainingly eviscerating. So is it as bad as they say? Yes and no. Blair WAY overshares personal details about her sex life--both with and without Tony--in a way that made me cringe. And the book itself just isn't that well done--it's sort a rote march through her entire history, without much thought to which parts would be more interesting for the reader. It's also striking how little reflection is in the narrative ...more
Gina
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Ah Cherie, I always wondered why the brilliant Tony was married to a sharp-tongued Scouse....as the Liverpudlians call their nasties. Halfway through the memoir, I recant a bit of that wonder as the woman does have some good points, but why did she feel she had to write about her day by day experiences with everyone from plumber to baby Leo filling his diaper? Why does she show a sloppy Tony who likely leaves the toilet seat up? Who cares? She got lucky being catapulted onto the World Scene, an ...more
Jessica
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was read for book club and I was looking forward to reading this one. I didn't know anything about Tony Blair's wife. The book is about her life. She is a very impressive woman in her own right. She was a very supportive wife, which is generally the case behind a great man. Some things surprised me about them, they are so smart intellectually the 2 of them, but in some ways they were both quite dumb. My favorite part of the book was when the prime minister of Italy ...more
Kristine
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I saw this book in a bookstore in Great Britain this past summer and wanted to read it. I didn't have room in my suitcase for it, but I looked it up when I got home.

Cherie Blair is the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The first third of the book is about her childhood. She was raised by her mother and grandmother, had a challenging childhood but managed to become a barrister.

I found the behind-the-scene details of life in No. 10 Downing Street very interesting. She discusses t
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Margaret
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and was especially gripped by her account of her early life. I found that later on, the chapters' chronolocial progression was a bit difficult to follow. I wished that rather than go through everything in time sequence, that she would just talk about an event or a person. I also found some of the legal jargon and Number 10 jargon confusing.

I am puzzled by this paragraph and wonder if the last part of this book was not carefully edited (p.394 of the airport edition):

"Each cult
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