In the Critics this week

Tudor obsessions, Vladimir Nabokov and Cuba's child boxers.

This week, our art critic Tim Adams explores the current mania for all things Tudor, starting with the National Gallery's exhibition of Paul Delaroche's The Execution of Lady Jane Grey. In Books, Lesley Chamberlain is impressed by a piece of literary detective work that investigates the hidden meanings of Vladimir Nabokov's novels, while John Gray delves in to the conspiracy-ridden world of anarchist subversives at the turn of the last century.

Elswewhere, Rachel Cooke enjoys Bill Buford's food tour of France, Leo Robson reviews the new Ian McEwan novel, Melissa Benn salutes the literary life of Maggie Gee and Jonathan Safran Foer explains what it was like growing up in a house of young prodigies.

Plus, we have columns from the rest of our award-winning critics: Daniel Trilling on grime, Ryan Gilbey on Cuba's child boxers, Andrew Billen on the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Antonia Quirke on a radio tribute to Jacques Brel and Will Self on the modern lynch mob.

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SRSLY #99: GLOW / FANtasies / Search Party

On the pop culture podcast this week: the Netflix wrestling comedy GLOW, a new fanfiction-based web series called FANtasies and the millennial crime drama Search Party.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s assistant editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

The Links


The show on Netflix.

Two interesting reviews: New York Times and Little White Lies.

Screen Rant on the real life wrestling connections.


The show on Fullscreen.

Amanda Hess’s NYT column about it.

Search Party

The show on All4.

For next time:

We are watching Happy Valley.

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