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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,284,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 "Warm and candid" Daily Mail "Fascinating reading" -- Laura Barton Guardian "A fascinating insight into the Browns' 1046 days in power" Daily Record

About the Author

Sarah Brown is the president of the charity PiggyBankKids, a patron of a number of charities including the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and a co-chair of the High Level Leadership Group on Maternal and Infant Mortality convened by the Global Leaders Network. She mobilized 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. 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merle on January 3, 2012
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Behind The Black Door is an often humorous account of herself as the Prime Minister's wife, as a mother of two little boys, and as a woman residing on Number 10 Downing Street. In 2007 when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Sarah set aside her own successful career to accept her new role as the wife of the Prime Minister. In her book, Sarah candidly pokes fun at herself as she experiences many firsts, often in view of the public eye or in front of rolling cameras. She began writing Behind The Black Door just weeks after leaving Downing Street using notes, email, letters and information that she kept from a very detailed schedule. The result is an inspiring, humorous, and heart-warming story about her life at 10 Downing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Loney on November 2, 2011
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Sarah Brown's book covers her life during the three years in which her husband was the British PM. It is written in the present tense in diary format. In the epilogue she explains that she wanted the reader to "hear about life as it happened, how it felt, on a daily basis" and that she "decided not to let the benefit of hindsight enter the book."

The journal is certainly thorough in its coverage of life as the Prime Minister's wife. The fact that Sarah had a quick bath at 6 am. on Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 is perhaps more than I need to know. (And she had another bath that evening.) Denying the book the benefit of hindsight runs the risk of denying it perspective. Things that seem worth mentioning in the present can emerge as trivial when looking back at the big picture.

I enjoyed the book. She is a highly likeable person and I found it pleasant to spend time with her. She ingratiates you with her humility and her candidness - telling us about waiting in the car after she learns that she is not invited to a function her husband is attending at Windsor Castle, and about her nervousness when speaking in public. Her sense of humour pervades the book and there are many amusing anecdotes - like her shopping online and not having the goods delivered because the retailer assumed that the 10 Downing Street address was a prank, and her brother (not realizing to whom he was speaking) giving J.K. Rowling advice on becoming an author. Sarah's supportiveness of her husband makes a fellow envy his having such a wife. They come across as edifying people and I'm left wishing we could see more of them in public life.
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This is a good, well written book. It gives a small insight into the duties performed by the Prime Minister's wife while living in Downing Street. Very interesting to say the least.
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