Barack Obama to endorse Jo Cox memoir

Barack Obama to endorse Jo Cox memoir

The memoir of late Labour MP Jo Cox, written by her husband Brendan, has received the backing of former president Barack Obama who said she "made the world a better place".

Revealing further details today (24th May) about the memoir, first announced in March, publisher Two Roads said the book would include extracts from Jo Cox's diaries and "comes with the support from Barack Obama".

Jo Cox: More in Common is scheduled for publication on 13th June, close to the anniversary of her murder.

The presidential endorsement of the book follows a meeting between Obama and the family in September 2016. The former president had extended the family an invite to the White House so he could pay tribute in person. Obama, who with his wife secured a global book deal with Penguin Random House, has in the past given his seal of approval to other books, such as The Underground Railroad published in the UK by new imprint Fleet.

According to Two Roads, the book has already seen "substantial orders" from UK retailers. Many, including Waterstones, are also supporting The Great Get Together – a weekend of street parties inspired by Jo Cox’s belief that "we have far more in common than that which divides us". More than 100,000 events are expected to take place across the country on the weekend 16-18th June.

Publication will further be supported by multiple national newspaper serialisations. All royalties of the book go to the Jo Cox foundation.