Behind the Black Door

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Sarah Brown, wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown, gives her personal account of life at number 10 Downing Street. The Sunday Times bestseller

Behind the Black Door, Sarah Brown

In this personal memoir about life at 10 Downing Street, Sarah Brown shares the secrets of living behind the most famous front door in the world.

Sarah gave up a successful career in business to serve the country. A passionate campaigner for women and children, she mobilised over a million people through her early adoption of Twitter.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to pack for a photo call with supermodels or pause a speech in front of hundreds when the autocue fails, it's all here - from what to do when the school play clashes with a visit to the White House to what it feels like to support the man you love as he takes tough decisions to stave off global financial meltdown...

Intimate, reflective, surprising and funny, Behind the Black Door takes us backstage to reveal what it's like to be an ordinary woman, wife and mother in extraordinary circumstances.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780091940584
    Published: 15/02/2012
    Imprint: Ebury Press
    Extent: 464 pages
  • Hardback
    $52.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780091940577
    Published: 15/03/2011
    Imprint: Ebury Press
    Extent: 464 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781446446652
    Published: 15/03/2011
    Imprint: Ebury Digital
    Extent: 464 pages
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"Warm and candid" - Daily Mail

"Fascinating reading" - Laura Barton, Guardian

"Fascinating and endearing" - Woman's Own

"A fascinating insight into the Browns' 1046 days in power" - Daily Record

"An intriguing insight into the day-to-day domestic life of Number 10 and the unique challenges that face the wife, or husband of the prime minister" - Yorkshire Evening Post

"For her many fans, this memoir is a portrait of a mother with a baby girl to grieve for and two small boys to raise - one of whom has cycstic fibrosis. Whatever the reviewers say, she is a natural heroine to the Mumsnet demographic" - The Lady

"Brown is well posed to exploit a fresh readership. She has attracted more than 1 million followers on Twitter, overtaking the ubiquitous Stephen Fry to become the most followed Briton on the micro-blogging site" - Guardian

"Of all the New Labour memoirs, there is a sense in the publishing industry that Mrs Brown's book could be the most successful of them all" - Dylan Jones, Independent

"A loyal, loving, positive account of what can be achieved by a Prime Minister's supportive wife" - The Times