About

Jason Cowley is a journalist, magazine editor and writer.

He has been editor of The New Statesman (founded in 1913 as a weekly review of politics and literature) since autumn 2008 and is widely credited with transforming its fortunes as a print and digital publication.

He is a former editor of Granta magazine and worked in staff roles at the Times and the Observer.

According to the European Press Prize, “Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re-establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly. He has given it an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn’t had for years.”

In 2020, he was voted Editor of the Year, Politics and Current Affairs, for the fourth time at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards.

He is the author of a memoir, The Last Game (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and a book of essays, Reaching for Utopia (Salt Publishing, 2018).

In 2019, he edited and wrote the introduction to Statesmanship: The Best of the New Statesman, 1913-2019 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson; a revised and updated paperback edition was published the following year). That year he was also shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism.

He wrote the introduction to the Macmillan Collector’s Library edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, published in 2021.

He is a governor of the Sir Frederick Gibberd College, a new 11-19 school with an academic sixth form in Harlow, Essex.
(www.sirfrederickgibberdcollege.org/546/local-governing-board)

His most recent book, Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England (Picador), was published on 31 March 2022. The paperback edition is out in March 2023.

CONTACT: He can be contacted by email at jcowley@newstatesman.co.uk