Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, is to publish a book on the "past, present and future of the news" with Canongate.
Simon Thorogood acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbitt. The deal marks Thorogood's first acquisition as editorial director of Canongate.
The publisher said Rusbridger is "one of the most recognisable, respected and high-profile newspaper editors of his generation". His as-yet-untitled new book will report on the "past, present and future of news", reflecting on his 20 years as the editor of the Guardian and reporting from the frontline of modern news – including from within the news operations at Facebook and Google, and the ‘post-factual’ political campaigns of Brexit and Trump. He will also survey the landscape of today’s and tomorrow’s news and ask: what do these changes mean for us, and our abilities to hold those in power accountable?
Thorogood said: "No-one is better placed than Alan to write this book. It will be a fascinating and urgent report into how we get our news in the age of social media, when the race for clicks and page views can seem more important than rigorous, factual reporting."
Rusbridger said: "The last 20 years have seen some of the most profound changes ever in how societies are informed and in how people communicate. The disruption of established media has been violent, destructive, creative and exhilarating. I hope this book will capture the feeling of what it was like to be at the heart of this revolution, and think about the implications for the future."
Carte said: "I'm delighted to have found the perfect home for Alan's important book, building on his long relationship with Canongate’s publishing and starting a new one with Simon Thorogood, in one of his first acquisitions for the company."
Rusbridger was the editor of the Guardian from 1995 to 2005.
Canongate will publish the title in hardback spring 2018.