HarperCollins will publish a part-memoir, part-polemic book about the state of public discourse in Britain by former Biteback m.d. Iain Dale.
HarperNonFiction publisher Ed Faulkner negotiated the deal for world all language rights to Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: How To Disagree Without Losing Friends with Martin Redfern at Northbank Talent Management. The book from the political commentator and LBC presenter will publish in June 2020 in hardback and audiobook.
“Why Can’t We All Just Get Along is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of public discourse in Britain and the world today. In an increasingly divided society, Iain examines why we’ve all become so disrespectful and intolerant,” HarperCollins said. “Using experiences from his career in politics and the media, he says it doesn’t have to be this way, and suggests how we can all emerge from tribalism and division and become more respectful to each other and those who govern us. It is a book that is optimistic about the fundamental decencies embedded in human nature and uses deeply personal anecdotes to explain why we can look forward in a positive way to a better life both in personal and material terms.”
Dale is a broadcaster and presenter of the Evening Show on LBC Radio. He is the author/editor of more than 30 books and host of the For the Many podcast and the Iain Dale Book Club podcast. He was formerly m.d. of Biteback Publishing. This summer he will interview 24 figures from across the political spectrum at the Edinburgh Festival show “Iain Dale: All Talk”.
He said: “For some time I’ve been despairing at the decline in public discourse, both on social media and in our normal lives. I try to live up to the highest standards of public debate on my radio show, but even I sometimes let myself down on social media. In this book I ask if it’s always been this way, or is there something about the way we conduct ourselves in 2019 which means we’ve all become shouty and rude. I am so pleased that Ed Faulkner liked the idea of this book and I am absolutely delighted to be published by HarperCollins.”
Faulkner said: “I have long been an admirer of Iain’s thoughtful and thought-provoking political commentary. In divided times such as these, we need his wisdom and insights more than ever. We are hugely excited to be publishing this timely and important book and we hope it is just the beginning of what will be a long publishing partnership.”