Nick Clegg pens book on 'state of British politics'

Nick Clegg pens book on 'state of British politics'

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is writing a book examining the "fluid and unpredictable state of politics", to be published by The Bodley Head next year.

In Politics Clegg will examine the current state of politics, which the publisher said had seen "old certainties disappear, outsider figures become mainstream, and nationalism, populism and identity politics rise up at home and abroad." The former deputy PM will draw on his personal experience of modern politics during the coalition government of 2010-15 to offer an "objective glimpse behind the curtains revealing how power in Britain really works."

The Bodley Head's editorial director, Will Hammond, described it as “a must-read for anyone interested in British politics” as well as for the many "alienated by the political landscape today”. He acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for Politics: The Art of the Possible in an Age of Unreason on behalf of the imprint from literary agent Georgina Capel.

Nick Clegg has described the book as a reflection on “how the politics of reason, evidence and compromise can survive at a time when grievance and unreasoned populism are on the march at home and abroad” as well as “an examination of the state of British politics, told through candid stories and observations from my time at the top and the bottom of the political ladder”.

Hammond said: “Nick Clegg is uniquely well placed to describe the inner workings of Downing Street and Westminster while maintaining a dispassionate distance from our current government and opposition. More than an illuminating insider’s account, though, the book will use those experiences to explain why politics has changed so dramatically in recent years, what has been lost in the process and what might be done to address this lack. This book will be a must-read for anyone interested in British politics but will also speak to those who feel alienated by the political landscape today."