Sonmi (Doona Bae) and Hae-Joo Chang (Jim Sturgess) in the film version of Cloud Atlas
The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that’s flourishing online
By Laurie Penny - 24 July 10:00

The reason I’m so excited David Mitchell is writing on Twitter is that he’s one of the few authors who really understands how the medium, as well as the message, makes the story.

Mine craft.
This year’s Stoner? Introducing Breece D’J Pancake
By Philip Maughan - 21 July 12:00

The publisher who brought John Williams’s Stoner to Random House believes he has found its successor: a “hillbilly” from the US coal belt with a precious talent.

Irn-Broon: Gordon Brown at a Labour pro-Union event in Glasgow, 10 March. Photo: Getty
Let’s stay together: Gordon Brown’s My Scotland, Our Britain
By Kevin Maguire - 18 July 16:30

Brown is a difficult opponent for Alex Salmond’s nationalists to knock down. His continued popularity north of Hadrian’s Wall is a powerful threat to the Yes lobby. 

Why publishers should embrace the film world's enthusiasm for releasing a director's cut
By Andrew Ladd - 18 July 12:56

The film world is keen on releasing a director's cut, which differs from the final version of the movie; publishers should do the same with books.

Latest squeeze: James Fearnley of The Pogues performs in New York, March 2011. Photo: Getty
How my literary life became an ever-lengthening index of people to avoid
By Nicholas Lezard - 18 July 12:30

With the editors to avoid and the editors to endure, book publishers’ parties can be a minefield – thank heavens for the Pogues’ accordionist...

The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
Jacques Lacan: inspiring and infuriating in equal measure
By Juliet Jacques - 17 July 15:22

A new biography explores the power dynamics of psychoanalysis.

Art of disorder: Rio de Janeiro, 2011. The country's fiction and music thrive on cultural cannibalism. Photo: David Alan Harvey/Magnum
The full Brazilian: fiction by Michel Laub and Daniel Galera
By Ian Thomson - 17 July 10:00

Two of Granta’s 20 “Best of Young Brazilian Novelists” examine Brazil’s Afro-European heritage and waves of migration from the Old World.

Next gen: Laurie Penny, photographed for the New Statesman, July 2014. Photo: Muir Vidler
Women on the verge: Melissa Benn on Beatrix Campbell and Laurie Penny
By Melissa Benn - 17 July 10:00

Prepare to be depressed. We are living through the “end of equality”, the once-celebrated advances of feminism going into dangerous reverse.

The passenger: Zweig on a bus in New York, 1941, the year before he committed suicide. Photo: Kurt Severin, courtesty of David H Lowenherz
Last exit to nowhere: the lost world of Stefan Zweig
By John Gray - 17 July 10:00

The rise of Nazism ended Stefan Zweig’s career as a European writer and led him ultimately to take his own life. Now he is enjoying an unexpected revival.

Relative value: chimps may be the only other animals on the planet that know instinctively that life is finite. Photo: Peter Eriksson
William Boyd: how mortality shapes our existence
By William Boyd - 17 July 10:00

What makes our species unique is that we know we are trapped in time, caught briefly between the prenatal darkness and the posthumous one. 

Viennese whirl: dancers of Vienna waltz project perform on stage during the Lifeball 2014 in Vienna, Austria, 31 May. Photo: Getty
Dance to the music of time: The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher
By Olivia Laing - 17 July 10:00

An ambitious and extraordinary ninth novel that is haunted by “a familiar piece of music, the old-fashioned sound an orchestra might make for rich ladies and gentlemen to dance to, in the old-fashioned times”.

Thor has been an alien space horse and a frog – is a woman really more fantastical than that?
By Laura Sneddon - 16 July 16:16

Marvel have announced that the new Thor will be a woman. Cue outraged cries of “PC gone mad” and “publicity stunt” from a particularly vocal segment of the fandom.

No hope: youth unemployment is at crisis levels. Photo: Getty
Owen Jones on The Condition of Britain: where is the left’s transformative programme?
By Owen Jones - 10 July 15:36

The authors of IPPR’s The Condition of Britain offer a coherent plan and one that will be influential if the Labour Party triumphs in May.

The Amazon rainforest. Photo: Getty
Puzzle pieces: finding the patterns in the poetry
By Matthew Sperling - 10 July 13:33

Matthew Sperling looks at new poetry collections by Paul Batchelor, Oli Hazzard, and Toby Martinez de las Rivas.

Montaigne and Shakespeare: two great writers of one mind
By Jonathan Bate - 10 July 13:24

Jonathan Bate traces the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.

A view over south Bombay (now Mumbai) from Cumbala Hill in c1890. Photo: Getty
From Boston to Bombay: the ten cities that made the British Empire
By Simon Winchester - 10 July 12:27

All ten cities share a self-confident belief: that it is quite unthinkable any of their number might ever dim or wither, no matter the tides of human history that sweep around them.

The white cliffs of Dover and the South Foreland lighthouse. Photo: Getty
Jon Cruddas: Only Labour can speak for England’s roots in a single voice
By Jon Cruddas - 10 July 12:18

The shift towards English identity is a long-term phenomenon that is probably irreversible.

A statue of James Joyce in Dublin. Photo: Getty
Will Self: navigating Dublin with a literary map in my head
By Will Self - 10 July 11:39

I had gone to Dublin with the express intention of understanding a city that to me has always seemed incoherent – and even a little minatory.

Master of the currents: pint-sized Bobby is the shy hero of My Teacher Is a Monster!
Pranksters and ponies: the best new children’s books for summer
By Amanda Craig - 10 July 11:39

What should you pack for the summer holiday?

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Embankment Gardens in London in 1965. Photo: Getty
Happy memories, regrets and bitching: a history of British folk clubs
By Erica Wagner - 10 July 11:39

This is a book is stuffed with such wonderful stories, recounted by the people who were there at every level of music-making: players, producers, writers, comedians, friends and fans.

Yogi.
Reviews round-up | 10 July
By Critic - 09 July 11:34

The critics’ verdicts on Linda Grant, Will Hodgkinson and Helen McCarthy.

Dystopian future: a still from Bladerunner (1982)
The Bladerunner book: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep on Radio 4
By Antonia Quirke - 04 July 16:00

Jonathan Holloway’s adaptation rightly cherished many things that the film ultimately minimised, in particular the novel’s mourning of the extinction of various animal species.

A toxic reputation: Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary
By Simon Heffer - 04 July 10:00

One has the impression that the war was a prolonged drama for which she was a critic sitting in the audience. She certainly doesn’t seem to understand what part she was expected to play in it.

From Bandido to wannabe shahid: Morten Storm
Loneliness of the long-distance jihadi: Morten Storm’s double life inside al-Qaeda
By Anthony Loyd - 03 July 17:50

Storm, despite being a spy at the forefront of western intelligence efforts, was primarily driven by a desperate need to belong.

Mind games: an image from Rob Davis's graphic novel The Complete Don Quixote
Hedgehog versus fox: how do we tell the story of the novel?
By Leo Robson - 03 July 10:34

Three critics attempt to make make sense of the slippery lifespan of the realist novel, with occasionally illuminating and often chaotic results.

Sightless witness: British troops blinded by mustard gas in the German spring offensive. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty
Simon Heffer: First World War, the battle of the historians
By Simon Heffer - 03 July 10:00

From almost the opening shot, the Great War has been fought over by historians wishing to interpret and understand what happened and why. Their conflict is not over yet.

The angry nightingale: poet Sarojini Naidu. Photo: Bridgeman Images
Guillaume Apollinaire to Sarojini Naidu: the war poets you don’t study at school
By Owen Clayton - 03 July 10:00

Despite the “cosmopolitan sympathies” of the poets, memorial events in the UK today are dominated by British writers. But there are many other literary voices from the battle for the trenches.

The NS First World War poems: Edward Thomas and Robert Graves
By Edward Thomas and Robert Graves - 03 July 10:00

Two poems by the First World War poets both appeared in the pages of the New Statesman – the first in June 1918, the second March 1919.

The First World War: Battle of the books
By New Statesman - 03 July 10:00

The centenary of the outbreak of hostilities has mobilised both historians and publishers.

The NS First World War poems: Siegfried Sassoon
By Siegfried Sassoon - 03 July 10:00

Sassoon (or “Sashûn”, as he signed himself here) was one of only a handful of Great War poets who survived the fighting. This poem was first published in the New Statesman of 22 May 1926.

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