The Blair Years

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The Blair Years
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Author Alastair Campbell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Memoir
Publisher Random House
Publication date
9 July 2007
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 816
ISBN 0-09-179629-6
OCLC 137221384

The Blair Years is a book by Alastair Campbell, featuring extracts from his diaries detailing the period during which he worked for Tony Blair.[1] Published by Random House, the book was released on 9 July 2007, only two weeks after Blair stood down as Prime Minister. As the first published major insider diary of the Blair era, many of the revelations in the book were reported on by major news organisations, including:

  • Blair had considered resigning as early as June 2002.
  • During the build-up to the Commons vote on the Iraq War, civil servants had been making contingency plans for an interim government led by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott had Blair lost the vote.[2]

BBC 2 produced a three-part series entitled "The Alastair Campbell Diaries" based on the book.

Paperback published August 2008, ISBN 0-09-951475-3

The Blair Years was the winner of the Channel 4 award for Political Book of the Year in 2008.[3]


  1. "Campbell diaries to be published". BBC. 8 March 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "UK | UK Politics | Extracts from Campbell memoirs". BBC News. 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2014-06-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Channel 4 News (23 January 2008). "Political Awards: and the winner is..." Channel 4. Retrieved 9 December 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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