Description - Speaking for Myself by Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair's much-anticipated autobiography takes the reader from a childhood in working-class Liverpool to the heart of the British legal system and then, as the wife of the Prime Minister, to 10 Downing Street. It has been an astonishing journey for a woman whose unconventional childhood was full of drama, and who grew up with a fierce sense of justice. Cherie Blair was the first British Prime Minister's wife to have a serious career, rising to the top of her profession at a young age, only to find herself in a new and challenging role in the public eye. In her autobiography she will speak for the first time about what it was like to combine this role with her full and rewarding life as a working mother. As a barrister and a judge, Cherie Blair is used to speaking on behalf of other people. At last she speaks for herself, offering a warm, intimate and often very funny portrait of a family living in extraordinary circumstances.
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The wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair shares her personal and political life in a talkative, entertaining memoir.Born Cherie Booth to two young British actors, the author's childhood was somewhat idyllic until her father abandoned the family to cultivate another relationship. Blair offers a breezy take on her youth and upbringing, thus priming readers for the juicy bounty of her adult years with husband Tony and the varied controversies she would spend years buffering. Developing a bright, headstrong personality early on, Blair pursued a law career - though the bar, at that time, was "overwhelmingly masculine" - and blossomed while a pupil barrister in the late '70s. It was during those lean academic years that she met Tony, a handsome law student with blue eyes that "seemed to see right through me." A heady romance led to marriage four years later and, eventually, four children. The author hardly minces words when it comes to their relationship: She admits to heavy petting on a double-decker bus and describes her youngest son Leo's birth in excessive detail. As Blair juggled motherhood and a barrister's career, her husband's increasing political involvement in the Labour Party spawned a triumphant campaign for prime minister. During their inaugural term, the Blairs met the Clintons in the first of many pleasurable evenings together (though the Monica Lewinsky scandal put a damper on things), and she cites a pleasurable visit to the Bush ranch years later. The author's blatant disdain for the news media embarrassingly capped the end of her husband's last term after she took a final jab at relentless media hounds perpetually perched on their Downing Street doorstep. Throughout the book, Blair's plucky forthrightness shines through.Though some consider Blair chilly and staunchly belligerent, her memoir indicates that there's a soft center there somewhere. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair is a noted barrister and QC, specialising in human rights law. She is married to Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, and lives with her family in London.