New autobiographies by Nigel Farage and Caroline Lucas get a kick out of calling themselves "outsiders". The truth? They want your votes.
“Although I am far from a well-meaning liberal, I simply cannot recognise myself in the lunatic-destructive figure described by Cohen.”
Mark Vanhoenacker's Skyfaring reminds us of the magic of aviation.
A New Labour spin doctor's account of a record-breaking election campaign.
Sex and Film: the Erotic in British, American and World Cinema is a survey of sex on celluloid, from Tarzan to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Young people are characterised as apathetic and wasteful; but the young drink less and commit less crime. Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future reveals the truth.
The End of Days kills its protagonist five times in a novel grounded in the turbulence of 20th-century Europe.
Amanda Craig picks the best children’s books for spring.
For many, public schools represent an ongoing problem in the battle for equality. But what can be done to level the playing field? A new book by David Turner considers the ongoing hold of the private system.
Jonathan Ross revels in the history of Marvel’s mould-breaking comics.
Peter Oborne reviews Blair Inc, an investigation into Tony Blair’s financial dealings.
Nature writers are seeking to restore a rich, neglected vocabulary– but words can tame as well as illuminate the land.
An attentive reader of Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Guy Debord, Manchette used his novels to offer diagnoses of societal ills.
Winners: and How They Succeed claims to praise boldness - but often just praises bullshit.
A new biography shows Aneurin Bevan’s Marxist doggedness was prescient.
Ruth Scurr's biography of the draughtsman, archeologist and diarist is a moving, delicate record of a man - and an era.
Absolute Recoil and Trouble in Paradise, the latest additions to the Žižekian corpus, are recycled radicalism - and fail to see beyond capitalism's hold.
“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” Following Terry Pratchett's death, here are some of his best quotations as chosen by the New Statesman team.
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant and Tom McCarthy's Satin Island have opposite problems: one too little stretched long, the other overstuffed.
The Laughing Monsters has no tension - this is a sour, overwrought novel which fills a continent with cheap laughs and cardboard villians.
The title of veteran rock writer Johnny Rogan's biography Ray Davies: a Complicated Life may be something of an understatement.
From Bansky to Martin Bell, Kembrew McLeod's Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World shows how pranks shake things up.
As Jon Ronson's new book shows, public shaming is cruel, random and effective - and it flourishes when we have lost trust in the system.
Katrine Marçal's Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? reminds us how Homo economicus has always been supported by free, underacknowldged, female labour.
Staring at a buffer symbol, waiting for something on the internet to load can be both reassuring and distressing. We wait with the belief that something is happening out of sight.
Leo Robson looks at the traditions underpinning Ian Rankin's The Beat Goes On and George Pelecanos' The Martini Shot and Other Stories.
The Murty Classical Library of India tackles a multilingual, epic tradition.
We are all alienated labour now.
Alan Bennett's statement that the English excel at hypocrisy has upset the national press. But he's got literature on his side.
The award-winning author talks to Erica Wagner.