After many years of people telling me I should write a book, I finally listened. I hope they weren’t joking.
The theme is our toxic politics, the engines of perpetual grievance that contaminate it and how to stay sane in the permacrisis.
It was prompted by my own experience of a near-fatal heart attack in 2019 and the realisation that proximity to politics had been a major driver of stress. I wrote about that at the time (well, after some convalescence) and was overwhelmed by the response from people who identified with the syndrome. It struck me that there were a lot of readers who, like me, were struggling to stay engaged with politics without being consumed by incapacitating rage. And I set about trying to understand the roots of that feeling, the threat it poses to democracy and what a remedy might look like.
Anyway, no more spoilers. The book is out in May 2023 but available for pre-order now: