Nick Cohen (born 1961) is a British journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. Cohen has written five books: Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous (1999), a collection of his journalism; Pretty Straight Guys (2003), a highly critical account of the New Labour project; What's Left? (2007), which he describes as the story of how the liberal left of the 20th century came to support the far-right of the 21st; and Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England (2009). His most recent book, You Can't Read this Book, was published by HarperCollins in 2012 and deals with censorship. The Orwell Prize for political writing shortlisted What's Left? in 2008.
Born in Stockport, but raised in Manchester, Cohen was educated at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). He began his career at the Sutton Coldfield News, later becoming a well-known journalist writing for The Observer and The Independent.
He was an advocate of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and a critic of the Stop the War Coalition. In 2006, he was a leading signatory to the Euston Manifesto, which proposed "a new political alignment", in which the left opposes terrorism and anti-Americanism. An opponent of what he has termed the "tyrannophile left", Cohen has criticised such people as Andrew Murray and George Galloway, while expressing his admiration for the opposition movements in countries such as Belarus. Cohen is an atheist.
- "Nick Cohen". presseurop.eu. Retrieved 13 January, 2013.
- Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous - Nick Cohen - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- Pretty Straight Guys. books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- What's Left?: How the Left Lost Its Way. books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- "Biography", nickcohen.net.
- Cohen, Nick. "Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England by Nick Cohen". Harpercollins.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- "You Can’t Read This Book : Nick Cohen". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- "Shortlist 2008", The Orwell Prize
- Nick Cohen Waiting for the Etonians, p. 23
- Personal View (14 January 2003). "The Left betrays the Iraqi people by opposing war". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- Nick Cohen (16 February 2003). "Nick Cohen: The Left isn't listening". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- Nick Cohen "Strange bedfellows", New Statesman, 7 April 2003
- "The Euston Manifesto". eustonmanifesto.org. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
- Nick Cohen "The Pope's unholy alliance with the dictator", The Observer, 16 January 2011
- Nick Cohen "Following Mosley's East End footsteps", The Observer, 17 April 2005
- Nick Cohen "Hatred is turning me into a Jew", The Jewish Chronicle, 12 February 2009
- 'Law without Order', New Statesman 2004, 'Waiting for the Etonians' p.99
- Cohen, Nick (2000). Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous. Verso Books. ISBN 1-85984-288-7
- Cohen, Nick (2003). Pretty Straight Guys. paperback edition: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-22004-5
- Cohen, Nick (2007). What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-00-722969-0
- Cohen, Nick (2009). Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-00-730892-2
- Cohen, Nick (2012). You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0007308903
- Nick Cohen's website
- Shire Network News podcast interview Nick Cohen is interviewed by Tom Paine 3 July 2007
- Nick Cohen interview 1 Nick Cohen on Little Atoms Radio Show 20 January 2006.
- Nick Cohen interview 2 Nick Cohen on Little Atoms Radio Show 16 February 2007.