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In the Critics this week

Michael Rosen, A C Grayling and the complexities of British identity.

In Books this week, the philosopher A C Grayling reviews David Lewis-Williams's book Conceiving God: the Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion and applauds the author's claim "that there is no future in attempting reconciliation between theistic and non-theistic world-views". Jonathan Derbyshire also interviews Lewis-Williams, who argues that "the raw materials for belief in the supernatural are created by the electrochemical functioning of the brain".

Elsewhere, David Marquand reviews Martin Pugh's "timely" history of the Labour Party, Anne McElvoy isn't entirely persuaded by John Simpson's diagnosis of the future of newspapers and David Herman assesses Tony Judt's jeremiad on the future of social democracy.

This week's "Critic at Large" essay is by the poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen, who finds that a visit to the reopened Jewish Museum in London gets him thinking about the nature of Britishness. Plus our award-winning critics write their usual columns: Ryan Gilbey is impressed by Warwick Thornton's Australian outback drama Samson and Delilah, Rachel Cooke reviews the BBC's Canoe Man and Antonia Quirke is mesmerised by a man called Colin.