Jones’s new book, This Land, is about the rise and fall of the Corbyn movement. In this new age of upheaval and crisis, the deep social and economic inequalities within the UK - the legacy of Conservative austerity - have been laid bare. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party offered much to be hopeful for - a radical rethink of Britain - but the Left’s attempt to transform millions of lives came to a halt in December 2019, with the party’s worst electoral defeat since 1935. For the book, Jones talks to key figures across the political spectrum and offers an insider’s honest appraisal of the movement: how it promised to change everything, why it went wrong, and where the Left can, and should, go in this strange new world.

Frankie Boyle is a comedian, writer and author. He has brought his own brand of satire to his political commentary for the Guardian and his BBC series Frankie Boyle's New World Order.

Join them as they discuss Jones's new book, what the Left can learn from its mistakes, how it can use this moment to overcome discontent and dishonesty, and how within this time of crisis lies the potential to truly build a fairer country and a more equal world. You will also get the chance to ask your questions at this livestreamed event, in partnership with The Guardian Live.

Running time: 60 minutes

If you live in the UK, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of This Land at checkout for the special combined price of £22 including postage and packing (RRP £20)*.

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*Books will be dispatched from publication date, 24 September. Please note that in the current circumstances, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know.

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  • This Land

  • The No.1 bestselling author of The Establishment returns with an urgent analysis of where the Left - and Britain - goes next

    'An absorbing, nuanced account of the making of electoral disaster' Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian Books of the Year

    'A whodunnit political page-turner' Melissa Benn,
    New Statesman Books of the Year

    We live in an age of upheaval. The global crisis of Covid-19 has laid bare the deep social and economic inequalities which were the toxic legacy of austerity. These revolutionary times are an opportunity for a radical rethink of Britain as we know it, as the politically impossible suddenly becomes imaginable.

    And yet, the Left's last attempt to upend the established order and transform millions of lives came to a crashing halt on 12th December 2019, when Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour party to its worst electoral defeat since 1935. In This Land, Owen Jones provides an insider's honest and unflinching appraisal of a movement: how it promised to change everything, why it went so badly wrong, where this failure leaves its values and ideas, and where the Left goes next in the new world we find ourselves in.

    He takes us on a compelling, page-turning journey through a tumultuous decade in British politics, gaining unprecedented access to key figures across the political spectrum. It is a tale of high hopes and hubris, dysfunction and disillusionment. There is, Jones urges, no future for any progressive project that does not face up to and learn from its errors. We have the opportunity to build a fairer country and a more equal world, but if our time is to come, then we must learn from our past.

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