Was writing your memoir worth it?
Absolutely. And it evolved from my story of the last decade to my reflections on my family over the last fifty.
With Tony Blair’s book coming out soon, won’t you feel overexposed?
This is a woman’s book, not so much about policy and politics like Tony’s.
How important was your family’s humble background to your story?
I don’t know how conscious I was of it at that time, but as I started writing, I realised it had been an important part of how I see myself.
How do you see your role as a trailblazer?
I know youngsters look up to people who have made their own way. I wanted to show the hidden difficulties for pioneering women.
You mention your first brush with racism.
I was with a friend’s father in a London bus in 1976. He was of Indian origin. And you could feel the hate in the way people glared at us.
Has that changed?
Very much so. One of the big achievements of my husband’s government was...