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

Nesrine Malik

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Society & culture: general

A radical and thought-provoking polemic which examines the foundational myths at the centre of current culture wars

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.

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

  • An acute and nuanced interrogator of contemporary prejudices, Nesrine Malik writes with immense moral courage and intellectual power

  • 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

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Nesrine Malik

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.

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