Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown : A Portrait of a Man

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When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in May 2007, only Atlee and Churchill before him had more experience in high office before achieving the top job. He was - or should have been - a known quantity. And yet, to many, Brown, for all his conspicuous track record, remained an enigma. To write this, the first ever biography of Brown written by a woman, award-winning Guardian journalist Suzie Mackenzie has been granted an unprecedented degree of access to the Prime Minister, as well as to his closest friends, relations and colleagues, and to family letters and memorabilia. Searching for patterns and formative influences, she explores how Brown's ideals and outlook have been shaped by his upbringing as the son of a Presbyterian minister in Kirkaldy and in more recent years, by his family life, and the formation of his personal and political convictions - from his earliest campaigning experiences, through to his political relationships with John Brown, David Blunkett and, of course, Tony Blair. Now Brown faces his greatest challenge: not only to see through the decisions he made as Chancellor, among them policies on Iraq and education, the NHS and taxation, but to convince a jaded and doubting electorate to back his vision of a better world. Written with verve, political savvy and unique insight, Mackenzie's Brown is a complex portrait of a complex man: a man capable of greatness, finally in the position truly to realise it.show more

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  • Hardback
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747595585
  • 9780747595588

About Suzie Mackenzie

Suzie Mackenzie has been a senior features writer on the Guardian for eighteen years, after working on the South Africa desk at Amnesty International, and as Time Out's theatre editor. She began her career at the Guardian with Public Lives, a weekly column on the Women's Page created especially for her, in which she explored the interplay between the public and private faces of prominent women. She then moved to become the chief profile writer on the Guardian's award-winning Weekend magazine, writing profiles of leading international figures from all areas of the public world, including senator Hillary Clinton, architect Daniel Libeskind, artists Paula Rego and David Hockney and celebrity figures such as Jack Nicholson, Kate Winslet and Martin Sheen. She is married with two daughters and lives in London and Berlin.show more