Culture 17 November 2011 In the Critics this week Books of the year, Woman's Hour and Batman. Print HTML In this week's issue of the New Statesman, a range of contributors and friends of the magazine such as Robert Skidelsky, A D MIller, Ed Miliband, Melissa Benn and Rowan Williams, choose their favourite books of the year. A D Miller calls Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov "the most haunting fictional exploration of guilt I have read." Craig Raine finds Me Cheeta: the Autobiography by James Lever to be "relentlessly funy, bracingly cynical, written with the biro of Nabokov." Margaret Drabble is astonished by Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties by the Arabist scholar Robert Irwin: "it's a wild, uncomfortable tale and I'm amazed he survived to tell it." Elsewhere, Ryan Gilbey reviews Justin Kurzel's Snowtown, a haunting tale of a serial killer, Rachel Cooke is struck by the oddness of BBC2's Pam Am and Andrew Billen praises the best production of Hamlet he has seen. Plus: Antonia Quirke on Woman's Hour, Helen Lewis-Hasteley reviews Batman: Arkham City, Will Self's Real Meals and a poem by Rachael Boast. › Osborne's failure could cost the Tories a majority Subscribe More Related articles The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now How Jo Brand found comedy in the world's most thankless job: social work Why is Britain falling out of love with Valentine’s Day?