Who Are We? Stories of Modern England will explore the nation’s divided sense of self

In his new book, the New Statesman editor, Jason Cowley, will take a close look at the key news stories of the past 15 years to uncover how we got here and where we might be heading.

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Georgina Morley has acquired, in a pre-empt from Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates, UK & Commonwealth rights for Who Are We? Stories of Modern England by Jason Cowley. It will be published in spring 2021.

George Morley, Picador Non-Fiction Editorial Director, said: “Who Are We? will be a riveting, story-based account of an England poised on the brink of enormous change.  The proposal is intelligent, thoughtful and often moving and I have no doubt that the finished book will be essential reading when we publish it.”

In Who Are We? Stories of Modern England, Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman, examines contemporary England through a handful of the key news stories of the last fifteen years and reveals what they tell us about the country we live in now. Riven by Brexit and a decade of austerity, by class, the divide between rural and city, race and immigration, England is at a crossroads and understanding not only how we got here but where we might be heading is the vital subject for our time.

Jason Cowley commented: “The book is an exploration of England and Englishness, at a moment of profound change and upheaval, and I’m thrilled to be working with the brilliant Picador team on it – once I knew they were interested, there was nowhere else I’d rather have been published.”  

Jason Cowley is a journalist, magazine editor and writer. He has been widely credited with transforming the fortunes of the New Statesman. He is a former editor of Granta and has worked in senior roles on The Times and Observer. According to the European Press Prize, “Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re-establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly. He has given it an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn’t had for years.” In 2017, he was voted Editor of the Year – Politics and Current Affairs for the third time at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards. He is the author of a memoir, The Last Game: Love, Death and Football, about Arsenal’s last-gasp victory in the 1988–89 football season and the birth of the new football, published by Simon & Schuster.

Picador will publish Who Are We? in the spring of 2021.