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We Need New Stories

Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent

Nesrine Malik



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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
25 August 2020
Social discrimination; Political correctness; Political ideologies; Political manifestos; Freedom of information & freedom of speech
It is becoming clear that the old frames of reference are not working, that the narratives used for decades to stave off progressive causes are being exposed as falsehoods. Six myths have taken hold, ones which are at odds with our lived experience and in urgent need of revision.

Has freedom of speech become a cover for promoting prejudice? Has the concept of political correctness been weaponised to avoid ceding space to those excluded from power? Does white identity politics pose an urgent danger? These are some of the questions at the centre of Nesrine Malik's radical and compelling analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.
By:   Nesrine Malik
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   261g
ISBN:   9781474610421
ISBN 10:   1474610420
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   25 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nesrine Malik is a British Sudanese columnist and features writer for the GUARDIAN. She was born in Sudan and grew up in Kenya, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She received her undergraduate education at the American University in Cairo and University of Khartoum, and her post graduate education at the University of London. Alongside her journalistic career she previously spent ten years in emerging markets private equity. She was named Society and Diversity Commentator of the Year at the 2017 Comment Awards and in 2019 was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils. WE NEED NEW STORIES is her first book. She lives in London.

Reviews for We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent

[Malik] presents her case persuasively, with admirable clarity, and in doing so cuts through a lot of the messy, often befuddling noise. Clear, accessible . . . well-researched and thorough -- Rachel Andrews * IRISH TIMES * Malik has important things to say . . . her arguments echoed powerfully in my mind long after I had put the book down -- Melissa Benn * FINANCIAL TIMES * A rigorous study of our predicament . . . An expansive, structural interrogation of the status quo that draws on a wealth of research and interviews -- Helen Charman * GUARDIAN * WE NEED NEW STORIES is a plea for greater diversity and essential reading, at a time when politics is so divisive, for anyone with an interest in current or social affairs -- Lucy Whetman * THE i NEWSPAPER * Nesrine Malik's new book stares into the heart of our current seething political volcano and gives it a cool hosing down. With careful analysis and a great historian's expertise for synthesising a huge amount of information into a clear arc, she engages in a powerful and persuasive debunking exercise -- Bidisha * GUARDIAN * We live in confusing and chaotic times - an age where the values many took for granted are being questioned, where universal rights are being casually denied. WE NEED NEW STORIES is the first book I've read that makes sense of where we are, and of what we will lose if we don't wake up. An urgent, totally essential book -- SATHNAM SANGHERA Nesrine Malik writes with urgent eloquence about the world we live in, applying her brilliant mind to some of the most important debates of our age. She's right: we do need new stories. Most of all though, we need this book -- ELIZABETH DAY An acute and nuanced interrogator of contemporary prejudices, Nesrine Malik writes with immense moral courage and intellectual power -- PANKAJ MISHRA

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