Nick Clegg’s book is expanded… as Boris Johnson’s tome is put on the backburner

Written by David Singleton on 19 July 2016 in Culture
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Clegg now wants wants to add a few thousand words on Brexit.

Nick Clegg is pushing back the publication of his new book in order to in order to include a "full Brexit analysis".

The former deputy prime minister’s book was announced last November, to be called Politics.

It was billed as “part memoir, part road map through these tumultuous times" and an examination of the "fluid and unpredictable state of politics".

Now publisher Bodley Head has said that Clegg’s book will include a full analysis of Brexit arguing for a "centre-ground revival". Previously due to be published this June, it will now be published on 15th September.

Will Hammond, editorial director for The Bodley Head, said: "Nick Clegg’s timely book provides the inside, first-hand knowledge as well as the overarching context and insight that we need to understand this especially volatile period in our political history.

"His recent commentary in the press on Brexit and Britain’s future have been a prominent voice of reason, and his book provides ideas and arguments that are conspicuously absent from our national debate at the moment."

At the same time, Hodder & Stoughton has confirmed that Boris Johnson's new work "will not be published for the foreseeable future".

Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius was set to be published in October, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. But the new foreign secretary is reported to have conceded he doesn’t have the time to write it.

It is not clear whether the publisher will be seeking return of the advance fee, which has been reported as around £90,000 by the Press Association and £500,000 by the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail .

Johnson is also stopping writing his column for The Daily Telegraph, with a spokesperson stating. “Whilst Mr Johnson has enjoyed a close working relationship with The Daily Telegraph for over 20 years, it would not be appropriate for him to continue writing his long-standing column for the newspaper given his new role as foreign secretary.”

 

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