Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CHERIE SELLS [Pounds Sterling]1m LIFE STORY; (1) in Her Own Words: The Cover of Cherie Blair's Forthcoming Autobiography (2) Telling All: Cherie and Tony Blair with Their Children as They Left No 10 Downing Street for the Final Time in June. Her "Warts -And-all" Memoirs May Now Reveal the Extent of Her Anger at What She Saw as Disloyalty by Gordon Brown towards Her Husband

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CHERIE SELLS [Pounds Sterling]1m LIFE STORY; (1) in Her Own Words: The Cover of Cherie Blair's Forthcoming Autobiography (2) Telling All: Cherie and Tony Blair with Their Children as They Left No 10 Downing Street for the Final Time in June. Her "Warts -And-all" Memoirs May Now Reveal the Extent of Her Anger at What She Saw as Disloyalty by Gordon Brown towards Her Husband

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Byline: JOE MURPHY, LOUISE JURY

CHERIE BLAIR has signed a [pounds sterling]1 million deal to write her explosiveautobiography. The "warts and all" book threatens to reveal in full what shethinks about Gordon Brown and will also chart her life from a working classchildhood in Liverpool to become a leading barrister and a decade living atNo10. One Labour official reacted in mock horror this afternoon.

"Two words strike dread into me, 'Cherie' and 'book'," he said. Mrs Blair neverhid her anger at what she saw as disloyalty by Mr Brown towards her husband.

She caused a massive row at last year's Labour conference by blurting out"that's a lie" during Mr Brown's big speech when he said how much he hadenjoyed working with her husband. Tony Blair brought the house down by jokingthat at least he did not have to worry about his wife running off with "thebloke next door".

Rumours around Whitehall said she fiercely battled to dissuade Mr Blair fromquitting office earlier because she so resented what she saw as Mr Brown'sefforts to force him out.

The estimated [pounds sterling]1million advance for the book will be paid in three parts[pounds sterling]300,000 up-front, followed by [pounds sterling]300,000 when the manuscript is delivered andthe remainder on publication.

The first [pounds sterling]300,000 will come as a much-needed relief to the Blairs who havemassive outgoings. In September 2004 they paid [pounds sterling]3.6 million for a townhouse inConnaught Square, to which they have added the [pounds sterling]800,000 mews house which backson to it. Their mortgage for both properties is around [pounds sterling]19,300 a month and theyhave spent hundreds of thousands of pounds renovating them.

In addition, they also own two Bristol flats which Mrs Blair controversiallybought with the advice of conman Peter Foster. …

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