Science teacher and writer Andrew Morris explores how adults who struggled with the strictures of the school curriculum can reconnect with science.
34 years after Peter Sutcliffe was arrested, this intriguing debut shows how deeply the Yorkshire Ripper is embedded in regional imagination.
Michael Moorcock revolutionised science fiction with symbolism, sex and psychoactive drugs. Now, at 75, he has invented another genre.
What do J P Morgan, Sigmund Freud and Kim Kardashian all have in common with E L Doctorow? A hazy relationship between fact and fiction, that's what.
As in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières’s subject in this new novel is love and war.
Does culture exist in a vacuum? This “love letter to creative thievery” would suggest not.
There is an important and necessary book waiting to be written on this subject – but this isn't it.
This book paints a wonderfully accurate picture – sometimes painfully so – of the inner workings of the BBC: its high hopes and petty jealousies, its triumphs and disasters.
Though they are rarely operational these days, lighthouses remain culturally powerful and maintain a strong hold on the imagination.
Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen untangles our complex "ways of being" in an overwhelmingly digital world.
How do we talk about Go Set a Watchman? Does its existence diminish To Kill a Mockingbird? How does it stand in relation to that text?
Harper Lee's newly released novel may not win another Pulitzer, but it's far more honest and mature about the complexity of racism in the South.
Ed Caesar's new book asks if the record is breakable - and who could break it.
Former New Statesman editor Peter Wilby reviews a new biography of John Freeman.
Kiš abhorred nationalism and prized literature as a global language.
Despite the decades that have gone by, the early days of space exploration hold an enduring fascination.
Vivienne Westwood's 150th anniversary edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland calls for an end to capitalism, and captures the book in an age of political mistrust.
As the British lost their grip on India, Punjabi and Bengali soldiers were still sent to the front lines of a European war.
Once again, history has conspired against the Palestinians – but as these books show, they cannot be wished away.
Saladin decapitated prisoners as ruthlessly as Isis does now - and Genghis Khan was brutal from childhood. But what can we learn from these men?
After years of experimental exchanges with writer friends, she now drafts whole novels in weeks.
Newspaper proprietors find it relatively easy to opt out of public life but Desmond is a salesman to the core.
The Unravelling isn’t really the story of the US occupation of Iraq; it is about how one intelligent woman realised what was going on, and yet slipped into a Stockholm syndrome relationship with the people she worked with.
The man behind television's most masterful political operator reveals the inspiration for his story, gives advice to the PM on the powers of persuasion, and recalls his own real-life political dramas.
This novel about the 1992 Los Angeles riots holds itself to a standard of verisimilitude – of the raw, unvarnished, authentic – that is is deeply immersive and deathly dull.
If sex in the past – in the sense of what people did to each other, in or out of bed – is notoriously hard to pin down, the larger history of sexuality and society is most rewarding.
This very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography illuminates not just Federer’s place in tennis history but also the way in which the author converted his psychological problems into sporting fandom.
When is it better to die than live?
In the first episode of the NS's new pop culture podcast, we discuss Grey by E L James, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, and why One Direction is actually the saddest music you will ever hear.
J K Rowling announced on Twitter this morning that she will co-write a new Harry Potter stage play.