DUBLIN (Reuters Life!) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair will sign copies of his memoir in Dublin on Saturday but customers can forget about getting a personal dedication or even a photograph from the author.
In security arrangements worthy of royalty, customers at Eason, a bookstore on Dublin’s main thoroughfare O‘Connell street, will have to check in all their bags, purses and phones at a holding point before getting wristbands to join the queue for the signing.
Readers will not be allowed to take photos of Blair, who will also not write any personal messages in the copies of his self-penned volume “A Journey,” which describes what he called the “nightmare” that unfolded after the invasion of Iraq.
Security measures may be needed in case of a protest by opponents of the Iraq war, though Eason’s website just said they wanted to handle the large number of customers who are expected to attend the event without explaining each measure.
An Irish nationalist group opposed to British control of Northern Ireland is also planning a protest against Blair’s visit.
Reporting by Andras Gergely; editing by Carmel Crimmins and Paul Casciato