Tony Blair's book is being subversively moved
© PATony Blair's book is being subversively moved

Tony Blair's autobiography has been turning up in the crime section of bookshops thanks to a Facebook and Twitter campaign.

The publication of the ex-prime minister's memoirs, A Journey, was one of the most eagerly awaited literary events of the year, but his insistence that the decision to invade Iraq was correct meant that not everyone welcomed the book.

A Facebook group entitled 'Subversively move Tony Blair's memoirs to the crime section in book shops' gained more than 1,000 members inside a day.

The group's creator, Euan Booth, said the idea was non-violent direct action against a man he described as "our generation's greatest war criminal".

His idea found support on Twitter, with a Viz Top Tips tweet suggesting: "Brighten up your day by moving at least one of Tony Blair's books to the crime section in your local book shop."

The entry, suggested by Denny, was retweeted more than 100 times.

Bookshops have reported finding copies of A Journey moved to the crime section, as well as to the fantasy section.

Mr Blair faced less peaceful action when he arrived at Eason's in Dublin for a book signing on Saturday morning.

A group of around 200 anti-war protestors threw eggs and shoes, but the former prime minister was not hit.

The demonstration, which led to three arrests, did not seem to deter book buyers, as hundreds more people queued to meet Mr Blair.