Blair`s memoirs `smash sales records`

Updated: Sep 03, 2010, 13:05 PM IST

London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair`s autobiography `A Journey` has broken sales records, say booksellers.

Blair`s memoirs, based on his time as the prime minister, have became Waterstone`s fastest-selling memoirs ever and shot to the top of Amazon`s best-seller list.

Although Waterstone`s refused to disclose precise sales figures, a spokesman said the book had been a "stupendous" and "unprecedented" success.

"We`ve never seen a book like this sell so quickly in one day. It`s selling in the sort of numbers you don`t see outside of mass market fiction with huge appeal - Dan Brown and JK Rowling are the competition here," the BBC quoted spokesman as saying.

The memoirs include Mr Blair`s accounts of the Iraq war, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America and Princess Diana`s death.

He also wrote about concerns over the amount he was drinking and of the rift he had with his successor Gordon Brown.