In Pretty Straight Guys Nick Cohen, one of the most exciting journalists of his generation, explores the feeling of angry impotence which has swept modern Britain during the Labour administration. Shifting focus away from Westminster and into other territories of New Labour influence, from America to India and based on original research and interviews - this book combines contemporary history with satire and polemic. With the hope that a well-written argument and a love of storytelling can make the reader see the world afresh.
Nick Cohen was born in Stockport in 1961. He was educated at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and Hertford College, Oxford. He began working as a journalist at the Sutton Coldfield News and moved on to the Birmingham Post & Mail, Independent and the Observer, where he has been a columnist since 1996.
He has published two collections of journalism, Cruel Britannia and Waiting for the Etonians. Pretty Straight Guys was a full length book on Britain in the Blair bubble. Two other full length books followed: What's Left? on reactionary strains in left-wing politics, and You Can't Read This Book on 21st century censorship.