Sarah Brown set to release memoir
Sarah Brown is set to release a "very personal memoir" about life in Downing Street, it has been announced.
The wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will tell readers "what it's like to shop with Special Branch" and "cope with a bad hair day when Carla Bruni's in town", publishers Ebury said.
Mrs Brown revealed the news to her million followers on micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday: "Just agreed with my publisher Ebury to write a book - working title 'Behind the Black Door' - so chained to laptop from Monday morning."
A spokeswoman said the book, to be published on Mother's Day next year, would "reflect on the challenges of moving on from a successful career to forge a new role as an international charity campaigner; of being a devoted mother balancing school plays and state visits; of being married to someone who becomes Prime Minister".
Mrs Brown lived in Downing Street for nearly a decade after marrying the then Labour chancellor in 2000, and the couple brought up their two young sons John and Fraser there.
She eschewed her life in public relations to become a full-time charity campaigner and is now president of the charity PiggyBankKids and patron of Women's Aid and Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, among others.
Fiona MacIntyre, managing director of Ebury Publishing, said, "Sarah achieved much in her own right during her time in Downing Street, with opportunities that allowed her to meet a wide range of women of all ages.
"She remains in touch with over a million followers on Twitter and this, coupled with a natural empathy for people, has given her a unique insight into what women actually want to know about her and the life she's led.
"People like and admire her and for many, one of the defining images was Sarah leaving Downing Street with Gordon and their two small sons with such grace and dignity."