In his forthcoming memoir, the former Prime Minister and Britain’s longest-serving Chancellor Gordon Brown will tell the story of a remarkable life in politics - shedding light on the major political, social and economic changes that have reshaped the country over the past 40 years and revealing some harsh truths about British politics today.
He will draw on his experience as Chancellor from 1997 to 2007 and as Prime Minister during the economic crisis of 2008 to offer unique insights into the profound economic transformation that has done so much to change Britain in recent decades, the deeper causes of the crash and its ongoing legacy.
He will also reflect candidly on the successes and challenges of Labour governments before and during his own time as Prime Minister, as well as huge changes in the Labour party from the 1980s onwards, describing the evolution of progressive politics in our country to the present.
The book will provide critical insights into key relationships in Westminster, global conflicts, the coalition negotiations of 2010, as well as the referendums on Scottish Independence and Britain’s exit from the EU – in each instance, offering vital lessons for the future.
Alongside a vivid account of his role in front-line politics during all of these historic episodes, the book will include many personal experiences, including his upbringing in Kirkcaldy, Fife, as the son of a minister, the near loss of his eyesight just as he was going to university, the loss of his daughter Jennifer within days of her birth and how that tragedy has been transformed into hope for hundreds of parents and babies.
At the heart of every chapter are the principles and values that have guided him throughout.
Gordon Brown said: “We are at a critical moment in history. In sharing my experiences over the past four decades and the lessons I have learned as a politician, economist, Chancellor and Prime Minister, I hope to shed light on the tumultuous change we are now facing and to offer insights that may be useful in furthering the cause of progressive politics.
“Above all, I hope to inspire confidence that we can meet these fresh challenges with a renewed sense of shared values and purpose.”
Proceeds from publication of the book will go to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory, Theirworld and Gordon and his wife Sarah’s charitable and public service work.
Will Hammond, editorial director, acquired World English Language rights from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown. Hammond said: “Gordon Brown’s unique vantage point on the major shifts in British politics from the 1980s to the present make for a riveting book and equip him to explain the world we face today with genuine insight.
“As well as being a book of urgent importance, it presents the life and thinking of a man of deep principle and intellect as well as a reminder of what can be achieved by progressive politics. The Bodley Head and Vintage are proud to be his publishers for this important book.”