In his new book, the ex-premier attempts to remind the British public about a period which, though very recent, has been expunged from almost everyone’s memory. The title will feature photographs which prove, beyond all doubt, that Gordon Brown and his family did spend some time at Number 10, Downing Street, ran the country - albeit briefly - and created a political philosophy that precisely nobody is calling ‘Brownism’.
First responses to the book have been encouraging. “Whoever he is, I wish him well”, said Brian Cox, in a branch of Waterstone’s, on being shown a picture of Mr Brown. “He looks like he’s been through a lot”.