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Sarah Brown's personal memoir about life at Number 10

‘Today, Gordon’s words are simple and heartfelt. He promises, as his own school motto said, “to do his utmost”. I know that the same will go for me, too. We turn to the door, greeting the policeman on duty. It is time to play our part in contributing to what happens next in government and a new life behind the black door.’

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 and champion countless charities at home and abroad. A passionate campaigner for women and children, she mobilised hundreds of thousands of people through her early adoption of Twitter where her legion of followers engaged with her on everything from repression in Burma to diversity in British fashion.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to travel with special branch, 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.


School run, conference call, Obama for tea - Sarah Brown smiled, and tweeted, through it all. I love this woman

Caitlin Moran, author of HOW TO BE A WOMAN

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

The Times

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


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


    February 15, 2012

    Ebury Press

    464 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    March 15, 2011

    Ebury Digital

    464 pages

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