Garry O'Connor, celebrated author, has written a revealing biography of Tony and Cherie Blair, told from a completely original perspective. He shows their shared mediocrity and inner superficially, and the fascinating narcissism of the pair in almost all aspects of their lives. In his third term, Tony Blair's has become increasingly visible as a man who, with his wife, is completely out of his depth and floundering. The special kind of Blair power can only manifest itself as 'sticking by one's principles', while Cherie is the ugly, brainy duckling who can never be the star she attains to be. Like Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in O'Connor's bestselling book, Tony Blair the actor gives a persistent and effective display of his mimetic talents, while Cherie has emerged as his mirror image. Like their friends the Clintons, Tony and Cherie are ideally suited for this shallow cycle in British political history.
Garry O'Connor is the author of highly praised lives of Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield, Alec Guinness, Sean O'Casey and William Shakespeare. His biography of Pope John Paul II, Universal Father: A Life of Pope John Paul II, was published in 2005. He lives near Banbury with his wife and six children.