Publisher to post first excerpts of Tony Blair memoir

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Extracts from Tony Blair's memoir A Journey are set to be posted online on August 31, according to an announcement made the same day in The Bookseller. The excerpts will be the first to be made available in advance of the book's September 1 UK publication.

A Journey will cover Blair's experiences while serving ten years as British prime minister. Blair's UK publisher Cornerstone plans to post excerpts on, a website devoted to the book, on the night (London time) of August 31, just ahead of publication the following morning.

According to The Bookseller, Amazon has said A Journey is "on target to become biggest political memoir of all time on," surpassing presales of Peter Mandelson's The Third Man, the site's current most successful politican memoir, which was released in July.

Blair is making an international tour to promote A Journey, which is due out in the UK on September 1 and in the US a day later. E-book and audio versions will be sold alongside the hardcover edition.