When Gordon Brown reluctantly stepped aside in the race for the Labour leadership in 1994, he entered into a fragile, turbulent but hugely successful political marriage. In return for the keys to Number 10, Tony Blair was forced to cede almost complete control over the domestic agenda to his Chancellor. In Brown's Britain, award-winning journalist Robert Peston explains for the first time the REAL nature of the relationship between Blair and Brown. With the ease of a born storyteller, he gives the first truly authoritative account of the extraordinary deal they did back in 1994, and reveals the amazing details of the events of the past year, when Blair offered to stand down in favour of Brown and then summarily withdrew the offer. This book, for which Peston was granted unprecedented access to the Chancellor and his friends and colleagues, draws back the veil on the brooding man who has been Britain's longest serving and arguably most powerful Chancellor in more than 100 years. Filled with telling quotes and unexpected insights, it takes you right to the heart of the secret power games that go on behind the gates of Downing Street, and looks ahead at what Brown would do if he were to become Prime Minister in name as well as deed.