Brown plans his own memoirs
Posted by Ian at 9 29 AM on Sunday, July 25
GORDON Brown is rushing to publish his own account of life in Number 10.
The News of the World can reveal the former Prime Minister has been pounding away at his computer - and could be ready to publish within months.
Mr Brown’s book is set to compete head-to-head with his rival and predecessor Tony Blair, who publishes “The Journey” in September.
The book concentrates on Brown’s battle with the financial crash that happened after he entered Downing Street in 2007.
His former aides say Mr Brown has been writing at an incredible pace - sometimes pounding out as much as 10,000 words a day.
He is said to have assembled almost 500,000 words in notes and is now knocking them in to shape.
Mr Brown was heavily criticised in Lord Mandelson’s book, The Third Man, which gave an insider’s account of the furious fights between the dour Scot and his predecessor, Tony Blair.
That book revealed Mr Brown had furious screaming arguments with Mr Blair and Cabinet Ministers.
And Mr Blair’s book is also expected to be a searing analysis of his fraught 30-year relationship with Mr Brown.
But this is not set to be a riveting page turner.
One friend who has talked through the book with the ex-PM says: “It’s going to be a weighty analysis of Britain’s response to the global financial crisis that started with the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in America.
“Gordon hates all that personality stuff. This is about the big picture.”
However, Mr Brown is expected to use his book to return to public life and make several public appearances in October after his successor as Labour Party leader is confirmed, as he returns to public life.
The former Prime Minister has visited Parliament three times since the Election.
But he has not entered the House of Commons.
However, several new Labour MPs who met Mr Brown at a private reception last week were surprised when he gave a speech to them about the dangers of the coalition government’s planned cuts to public services.
One said: “We thought it was going to be a getting to know you session, but instead we got a long lecture about the Tories.”
Mr Brown has not signed up with a publisher yet, but is not expected to struggle to find one.
However, the potential humiliation of being beaten in the best sellers’ list by both Tony Blair and Lord Mandelson is not expected to deter Mr Brown.
A friend explained: “Gordon believes the economic recovery is still extremely fragile, and massive cuts in public services will send Britain back into a double dip recession.
“He wants to use his book to show everyone what his plans were, and how they need to be sustained.”
Mr Brown is a keen writer who published three books, “Courage”, “Britain’s Everyday Heroes” and “Wartime Courage” while he was Chancellor and Prime Minister.