Behind the black door

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IT’S been ten months since Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown walked out of 10 Downing Street for the last time and returned to Fife. This week, his wife Sarah published her memoirs of life as the Prime Minister’s Wife.

She spoke to the Press about her book, the Downing Street years, and returning home.

SARAH Brown describes her three years at 10 Downing Street as ‘a privilege’.

Now back in Fife, the charity patron and wife of Kirkcaldy’s MP has had lived an entirely different life for three years, after stepping through the black door of No. 10 in June 2007.

Today, back in the comfort of their family home in North Queensferry, Sarah is just days off the back of releasing her book ‘Behind the Black Door’, a memoir about life as the Prime Minister’s wife in the most famous house in the UK.

The book, taken from her own diaries and written in only a matter of weeks, tells of everything from her first few moments in their new home, to visiting the White House, meeting Nelson Mandela and dealing with the financial crisis and the tabloid press.

“I wanted to write about the three years that Gordon was in Number 10,” Sarah told the Press. “I really wanted to be able to shine a light on all the different parts of life for the wife of the Prime Minister. There isn’t a specific role, and obviously you are representing your country in all different kinds of ways, but people also want to know the day-to-day details - how you live, how you do your shopping, how you factor in family. With the book I tried to show that mixture - one minute George Clooney is in the house and the next you’re back doing the washing up - it was intense, and it’s not until I looked back on it I realised how much I took on, but even now I think I still do that.”

With cameras constantly following them and the small issue of running the country always on their minds, Fife has always been something of a refuge for the Brown family - and the place they have always called home.

“It’s always been easier here,” Sarah continued. “It’s always been the place where Gordon is called Gordon and not Mr Brown. People here are so fantastically supportive but they also know how to give you your space.”

Sarah continues all of the work she undertook before, and while she was in, Number 10, including being the patron of numerous charities, including Maggie’s Centres and Women’s Aid.