HarperNorth acquires journalist Bright's 'timely' debut on regional equality

HarperNorth acquires journalist Bright's 'timely' debut on regional equality

HarperNorth has acquired a book on regional inequality in the UK by journalist Sam Bright, chief politics and investigations reporter for Byline Times.

Senior commissioning editor Jonathan de Peyer acquired world all languages rights directly from the author for Fortress London: Why we need to save the country from its capital. The book, Bright's debut, will publish in hardback, e-book and audio in April 2022.

The synopsis says: "Fortress London is a vividly written and timely polemic which unearths the root of regional inequality in modern Britain and shows how we can fix it. Interviewing and drawing from frontline politicians, journalists, historians, writers, campaigners and assorted other experts, it will bring a multiplicity of perspectives to bear on a question of overwhelming national importance—highlighted all the more starkly by the pandemic.

"Fortress London argues that to address Britain’s manifold problems, we need first to end the hegemony of its capital. Enriched by a vast array of interviews and statistics, it will examine how our individual destinies, from childhood to death, are determined by the disproportionate power of London. It will explain why regional inequality has fallen off the left’s radar, even as the right pay lip service to it, and it will draw on international comparisons to show where we have gone wrong and how we can fix it."

Bright said: "Fortress London is the tale of how one superpower city has surged ahead and stood apart from the rest of the nation. The gravitational pull of London is a defining feature of modern Britain—moulding life in the capital and in the feeder towns and cities that lag behind it. I feel privileged to be documenting a neglected feature of our national story that has intersected key recent events, not least the Brexit wars and the coronavirus crisis. It’s also a pleasure to be working with HarperNorth—an exciting new venture with the noble cause of nurturing the northern writing scene."

De Peyer added: "Sam is a luminous talent with a very real problem to spotlight. His writing is as wry and humorous as it is persuasive. This book should appeal to anyone who does not feel a pathological attachment to our capital, and even those who do. An imprint like HarperNorth is brilliantly positioned to bring these arguments to light and to shape the national debate."