Oneworld is to publish a book on ‘Jihadi John’ by British journalist Robert Verkaik, the only journalist to have met and interviewed Muhammed Emwazi.
Jihadi John: The Making of a Terrorist will reveal how Emwazi went from a London teenager to the world's "most wanted" terrorist, nicknamed ‘Jihadi John’ by his hostages. A "wide-ranging" critique from an expert analyst, the book will include exclusive interviews and correspondence, as well as new revelations about Emwazi’s path to Syria, Oneworld said. Emwazi was killed by a US drone strike on 12th November 2015.
Oneworld acquired world rights to the title. Dutch rights have been pre-empted by Omniboek.
Alex Christofi, non-fiction editor at Oneworld, said: "It is tempting to think that people like Mohammed Emwazi are nothing like us – how could they be, when they commit such horrible crimes? – but this was a young man brought up in north-west London, who went to a highly-rated state school and graduated from the University of Westminster. What we do know is that the security services repeatedly approached him, his family, and his fiancée. So were they tracking an already dangerous extremist, or did they push him over the edge?"
Verkaik is a freelance security correspondent who writes for the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and the Independent. He was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010 as home affairs editor of the Independent.
Jihadi John: The Making of A Terrorist will be published by Oneworld on 28th January 2016 in paperback priced at £9.99 and e-book priced at £4.99.