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Tony Blair's memoirs break sales records

Story by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALTHOUGH official sales figures will not be released until next Tuesday (September 7, 2010), booksellers say Tony Blair’s autobiography, A Journey: My Political Life, has broken sales records.

As well as shooting to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, it has become Waterstone’s fastest-selling autobiography ever, selling more copies on its first day of publication than David Beckham and Russell Brand’s autobiographies.

Although Waterstone’s refused to disclose exact sales figures, a spokesman for the company said: “We’ve never seen a book like this sell so quickly in one day. It’s selling in the sort of numbers you don’t see outside of mass market fiction with huge appeal – Dan Brown and JK Rowling are the competition here.”

Elsewhere, the book has had a mixed reception. In America and Canada it’s currently 12th and 9th respectively in the best-seller lists, but in France and Germany a lowly 366th and 529th.

A Journey: My Political Life reveals in intimate detail Blair’s unique political and personal journey, providing an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, and charting successes, controversies and disappointments with extraordinary candour.

The proceeds from A Journey: My Political Life will go to Britain’s biggest military charity, the Royal British Legion.

At 1pm on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, Tony Blair will be signing copies of the book at Waterstones in Piccadilly – Cancelled due to security reasons.