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British PM Brown flew into rages: book

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is fighting back against a book that reveals the 'bad Brown,' a man described as a bully prone to rages.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is fighting back against a book that reveals the "bad Brown," a man described as a bully prone to rages.

The Observer published eight pages of excerpts from The End of the Party by journalist Andrew Rawnsley, who works at the paper, on Sunday.

Brown and Labour Party politicians reject the picture Rawnsley painted.

The book said Brown:

  • Pulled a secretary from her chair because she was typing too slowly.
  • Left multiple holes in a chair he stabbed with a pen when he got angry.
  • Left a speechwriter shaken after an outburst full of expletives.

The prime minister responded with an interview in the Independent on Sunday under the headline "LIES."

Brown's colleagues also did the round of Sunday talk shows to defend the prime minister.

"These things that have been put in the book are wrong and have been denied," Brown's Labour Party deputy Harriet Harman said.

Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said Brown "gets angry, but chiefly with himself."

Rawnsley said he did interviews with hundreds of people, but the passages about Brown's rages are based on anonymous sources.

He said there was a "good Brown" seen in public, but the "bad Brown" came out in private. "The public deserves to be fully acquainted with both," he said.     

Brown's Labour government is being hard pressed by the Conservative Party. An election must be held by June 3.

With files from The Associated Press