Author(s): Jack Urwin
Jack Urwin's father died just before he turned 10. Being male, he never really learned to talk about this with any kind of sincerity. His grief stayed with him through his teens, slowly becoming depression. Now 24 and a journalist whose recent Vice article A Stiff Upper Lip is Killing British Men - described as 'fabulous' by Irvine Welsh - became a viral sensation, Urwin explores what it means to be a man now. He traces crises of masculinity from our grandfathers' inability to deal with the horrors of war, to the mob mentality of football terraces or Fight Club, and the disturbing rise of mental health problems among men today. Smart, funny and friendly, but with a wisdom that belies the author's age, Man Up is the start of an essential conversation for men, exploring why we have perpetuated the myth of masculinity - and how we can challenge it, and change it.
'The brilliant, personal, not-actually-sexist writing by millennials about masculinity and politics that the world has been waiting for' Laurie Penny 'Jack Urwin writes like he speaks: accessible, funny and interesting. His Vice article got people talking and now, almost two years on, he is right in thinking that the time for a big discussion about masculinity has arrived.' Telegraph 'Makes a powerful argument for greater emotional honesty. Urwin's own battle with depression adds heft to an engaging and moving call to arms' Daily Express 'Urwin wants to show us that the classic palette of masculine emotions- the fear of looking weak or small, the urge to compete, the need to win- are not a response to reality, but a throwback to a world that no longer exists.' Financial Times
Jack Urwin, 24, is a journalist and a frequent contributor to Vice magazine, among other publications, who writes on pop culture, mental health, and music. His piece for Vice on his father's death A Stiff Upper Lip is Killing British Men was instantly shared tens of thousands of times around the world, and was called 'fabulous' by Irvine Welsh. This is Jack's first book. @JackMerlin