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Press Release: Deals Done
Weidenfeld & Nicolson To Publish The New Statesman Century

Posted at 9:21AM Saturday 01 Sep 2012

Alan Samson, Publisher Non-Fiction at The Orion Publishing Group, has bought World Rights from Sophie Lambert of Tibor Jones & Associates for THE NEW STATESMAN CENTURY edited by the magazine's own Editor, Jason Cowley. The book will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in August 2013 to mark the magazine's centenary year.

THE NEW STATESMAN CENTURY will celebrate 100 years of stellar and influential journalism with a fascinating selection of the most interesting, groundbreaking and amusing writing to have appeared in the magazine. Contributors include George Orwell, WB Yeats, HG Wells, Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Richard Dawkins and Hugh Grant.

No British periodical or weekly magazine has a richer and more distinguished archive than the New Statesman, which has long been at the centre of British political and cultural life. If not quite at the centre, then at the most energetic, subversive end of the progressive centre-left.

Most of the great political and cultural writers of the last 100 years or so have written for the New Statesman. Many have been on its staff or were associates of it: HG Wells, George Bernard Shaw, John Maynard Keynes, V.S. Pritchett, Paul Johnson, Christopher Hitchens and John Gray. Many of the radical causes of our times were launched in association with or in the pages of the New Statesman. for example, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Charter 88. There is, too, a rich history of illustration and cartoons to draw on, from Low's sketches of the great and the good to the gonzo art of Ralph Steadman and Will Self's early comic strips.

The book is much more than an anthology. It tells the story of the New Statesman century, from the eve of the First World War to the long aftermath of 9/11 and the Great Recession through which we are still passing. It looks forward as well as back, offering a unique and unpredictable perspective on a tumultuous century.

Jason Cowley said: "We are delighted to be collaborating on this project with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, a publishing house as distinguished and venerable as the New Statesman itself. The book should delight anyone with an interest in good writing, and the history, politics and literature of a tumultuous century."

Jason Cowley is a journalist, magazine editor and writer. He became editor of the New Statesman in October 2008. Before that he was the editor of Granta magazine and a senior editor and writer on the Observer. In 2009 and 2011 he was named editor of the year in the Newspaper and Current Affairs Magazines category at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards. He is the author most recently of a memoir, The Last Game (2009).

THE NEW STATESMAN CENTURY

Edited by Jason Cowley

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in August 2013

at £20 in hardback and £10.99 in eBook




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