Posted by: Tony Carson | 27 October, 2007

Blair gets $9 million advance for memoir

Knopf to Publish Blair’s Memoir, reports Publishers Weekly.

The life and times of former British PM Tony Blair are headed to print, with Knopf set to publish in the U.S. and Canada. The book, which will be published in the U.K. by Random House’s Hutchinson imprint, will recount Blair’s life through his time in office. Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly brokered the book deal on behalf of Blair. The New York Times reported that Blair received a $9 million advance. Knopf chairman and editor in chief Sonny Mehta in tandem with RH Group chairman Gail Rebuck acquired world rights, including English language, translation, audio and electronic rights. The untitled memoir will be published simultaneously in the U.K. and U.S., although no publication date has been set.

Speaking to the acquisition in a statement from Random House, Mehta called Blair “one of the the most significant world leaders of the modern era” with “a remarkable story to tell.” Blair added that he hopes the book will “provide a serious and thoughtful, but also entertaining” account of his time in Parliament and as Prime Minister.

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