Books


My latest book is The Art of Political Storytelling. It is available for pre-order, and will be published in June 2020.

The Art of Political Storytelling looks at how stories are created, shared and contested, illuminating the pivotal role that persuasive storytelling plays in shaping our understanding of the political world we live in. By mastering the tools and tricks of narrative, and evaluating the language and rhetorical strategies used to craft and enact them, Seargeant explains how and why today’s combination of new media, populism and partisanship makes storytelling an ever more important part of the persuasive and political process. In doing so, the book offers an original and compelling way of understanding the chaotic world of today’s politics.

Praise for the The Art of Political Storytelling:

“Philip Seargeant’s utterly original and fascinating book provides a unique perspective on our current “post-truth” predicament. What to do when you realize that some (or even most) people are persuaded not by arguments but by stories? And what if some of those stories aren’t true? The importance of narrative in political discourse is brilliantly illuminated. Read it and lament, read it and understand, or read it to learn how to win an election!” –  Lee McIntyre, Author of ‘Post-Truth’ (MIT 2018) and Research Fellow, Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University, USA

“Enlightening and entertaining, this book reveals how we have become actors in politicians’ stories and how we can take back control of our own destinies.” –  Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics, UK and Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA


My previous book was The Emoji Revolution (2019, Cambridge University Press).

Far from simply being an amusing set of colourful little symbols, emoji are in the front line of a revolution in the way we communicate. As a form of global, image-based communication, they’re a perfect example of the ingenuity and creativity at the heart of human interaction. But they’re also a parable for the way that consumerism now permeates all parts of our daily existence, taking a controlling interest even in the language we use; and of how technology is becoming ever more entangled in our everyday lives.

Praise for the Emoji Revolution:

‘The Emoji Revolution is required reading for anyone with interest in emoji, or communication in general. While the subject matter might seem trivial on the surface, Philip Seargeant takes emoji and its impact very seriously in his book by rigorously examining the historical, political and social contexts of emoji use. Seargeant has produced a tremendous work of scholarship that is also a fun and engaging to read.’ Jane Solomon, author of The Dictionary of Difficult Words

Emoji are a significant development in contemporary communication, deserving serious attention for their impact on both language use and society. The book comes at them from a variety of complementary angles, elucidating their specific nature and function while simultaneously showing how they reflect and influence important developments in the modern globalised world. This insightful integration of the general and the specific places this book among the very best academic work in the field.’ Guy Cook, Emeritus Professor of Language in Education, King’s College London

In his book, The Emoji Revolution, Philip Seargeant argues that emojis have become a powerful new way of getting a message across – not just for young people, but for everyone. He provides a fresh perspective on these pictograms and challenges us to think beyond their silliness or simplicity.’ Forbes


My earlier books include :

The Routledge handbook of English Language Studies
Edited with Ann Hewings and Stephen Pihlaja
2018, Routledge

Taking offence on social media: conviviality and communication on Facebook
With Caroline Tagg and Amy Aisha Brown
2017, Palgrave Macmillan

Creativity in language: From everyday style to verbal art
Edited with Zsofia Demjén
2016, Open University

Futures for English Studies: Teaching language, literature and creative writing in higher education
Edited with Ann Hewings and Lynda Prescott
2016, Palgrave Macmillan

The language of social media: identity and community on the internet
Edited with Caroline Tagg
2014, Palgrave Macmillan

From language to creative writing: an introduction
With Bill Greenwell
2013, Bloomsbury

English and development: policy, pedagogy and globalization
Edited with Elizabeth Erling
2013, Multilingual Matters

English in the world: history, diversity, change
Edited with Joan Swann
2012, Routledge