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Sarah Brown's personal memoir about life at number 10.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to shop with special branch, overcome stomach-churning nerves at your first major charity event or cope with a bad hair day when Carla Bruni’s in town, it’s all here in Sarah Brown’s personal memoir of life at number 10.

Sarah also discusses the challenges of giving up a successful career and forging a new role as an international charity campaigner, of being a devoted mother balancing school plays and state visits, and of being married to a man who becomes prime minister.

Intimate, reflective, surprising and funny, Behind the Black Door takes us behind the scenes to reveal what it’s like to be an ordinary woman, wife and mother in somewhat exceptional circumstances.

Reviews

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780091940584

    February 15, 2012

    Ebury Press

    464 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446446652

    March 15, 2011

    Ebury Digital

    464 pages

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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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