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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Harry Potter, Tony Blair... can these blockbusters save the world of books?

"These sales are brilliant and really exciting. You don't often have customers almost breaking down the door to buy a book, but Blair is totally outselling Mandelson. I've not seen anything this big since Harry Potter or Dan Brown. This looks like the Christmas book of the year." She adds: "It's very rare for a hardback to outsell a future paperback, but this might be one of those exceptions."


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Tony Blair's A Journey breaks sales records

Blair's A Journey sold 92,060 copies in its first four days on sale last week, according to Nielsen BookScan – the best ever opening week sale for an autobiography since the book sales monitor's records began, in 1998, and well ahead of Mandelson's The Third Man's performance, which sold 14,960 copies in three days when it was published in July.


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Buyers (and sellers) queue for hours to get hold of signed Tony Blair book

Tony Blair is getting hard to classify as the variety of stories surrounding his book escalates. He almost needs his own section!


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
How Gail Rebuck turned Tony Blair's book into a bestseller

How did she do it? How did Gail Rebuck, the head of Random House, turn a title that languished in the Amazon pre-order list into a record-breaking sales success in its first few days in print? Tony Blair's autobiography, A Journey, last week became the fastest-selling memoir ever, and all in spite of being moved to the crime or fiction sections of bookshops by opponents of the former prime minister, and without the usual lucrative serialisation deal with a national newspaper.


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Peter Morgan accuses Tony Blair of plagiarising lines from his film The Queen

Did he know he had this many enemies?

Tony Blair's account of what was said when he went to kiss hands with the Queen in 1997 is perhaps the most controversial part of his memoirs because it represents such a flagrant betrayal of the trust that had previously existed between the monarch and her prime minister.


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Digested read: Tony Blair A Journey

WMDs, George Bush, Cherie and Gordo: Tony Blair's memoir in just 818 words!


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Bring the political classes to book

In bookshops up and down the country, a new kind of literary movement is taking place. Hundreds of young protesters are strolling in to stores and quietly moving copies of Tony Blair's autobiography from the display stacks on to shelves devoted to mystery and crime fiction


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Stephen (stephenT) | 1333 comments Mod
Tony Blair sees a ghost but doesn't invite him to stay

Tony Blair may have insisted that he wrote every word of A Journey, but I can disclose that shortly after Gail Rebuck of Random House acquired the rights to his memoirs, a leading writer was invited to "help out" with the book.


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Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 3 comments Stephen wrote: "Bring the political classes to book

In bookshops up and down the country, a new kind of literary movement is taking place. Hundreds of young protesters are strolling in to stores and quietly movin..."


oh my god, that's hysterical! LOL


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