By Frank Cottrell Boyce - 30 January 10:51
A seafaring Chekhov story dredges up some family history.
By Simon Heffer - 30 January 10:48
Banking on victory: Simon Heffer reviews three tomes on Britain’s war with Napoleon.
By John Bew - 30 January 10:29
The former US Secretary of Defense on what the president never knew.
By John Burnside - 30 January 10:20
The end of sound? This sane and humane book looks at the maddening encroachment of noise into every part of our lives.
By Philip Maughan - 27 January 16:00
Welsh novelist Cynan Jones has written a compressed, terse novel, which beautifully captures the sadness and brutality of rural life.
By Sarah Ditum - 27 January 11:23
As much as we want to protect our children from the atrocities humans commit against each other, we must help them understand that nothing can bring back the dead or repair those who lived the horror.
By Joanna Bourke - 23 January 16:04
Francisco Bethencourt’s book <i>Racisms</i> explores the blood on the leaves left behind by centuries of racial discrimination, including the enduring spectre of Guantánamo Bay.
By Jane Shilling - 23 January 15:38
Both of these remarkable novels are rooted in 19th-century realism, but they are profoundly subversive of its conventions.
By Vince Cable - 23 January 10:20
From early protests in Africa to a minister in Harold Wilson’s cabinet – no one alive has done so much to shape British social democracy.
By William Deresiewicz - 20 January 13:42
Using science to explain art is a good way to butcher both, and is intellectually bankrupt to boot.
By John Gray - 15 January 10:18
<em>The Skin</em>, published now in the first ever complete English translation, captures the delirium and cruelty of Europe in the Second World War in surreal and amoral prose.
By Tom Gatti - 10 January 11:06
Relaunched festival includes the NS Debate on the motion "Young people have never had it so good".
By Ian Steadman - 07 January 17:25
Another day, another study misrepresented as causing our brains to change in some mysterious, irreversible way.
By David Aaronovitch - 06 January 10:00
Orwell discovered the values of a practical, gentle, empirical people who didn't kill each other because they disagreed over politics.
By Nicholas Clee - 03 January 9:20
The online retailer has reshaped bookselling since it entered the trade in 1995. But Amazon’s aggressive and “anti-competitive” tactics, especially for selling ebooks, are raising hackles in an industry under stress. What is the future of the book busines
By Juliet Jacques - 21 December 18:22
Too little has been written about the Brighton-born novelist, Ann Quin, whose writing ruptured middle class pieties.
By Nicky Woolf - 12 December 14:40
Written by <i>Time</i>’s Mark Halperin and <i>New York Magazine</i>’s John Heilemann, this book is based on more than 500 in-depth interviews with everyone from junior advisers to the candidates, recorded on the condition of a strict embargo.
By Jonathan Bate - 12 December 13:44
Jonathan Bate reviews <em>Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World</em> by Leo Damrosch and explores the world behind works like <i>A Modest Proposal</i> and <i>Gulliver's Travels</i>.
By Austin Collings - 12 December 12:14
Tyson's early life was characterised by incarceration and petty crime, but he lucked when he fell under the tutelage of boxing trainer Cus D’Amato.
By Valerie Grove - 12 December 12:00
PL Travers doesn't fit the stereotype of a children's author. In fact, she didn't even like children.
By Vernon Bogdanor - 12 December 11:54
Camilla Schofield's <i>Enoch Powell and the Making of Post-Colonial Britain</i> argues that Powell was a product of Britain's post-colonial history rather than a “timeless monster”.
By Jane Shilling - 12 December 11:05
Nina Stibbe's letters, written to her sister while she was working for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books, may just be the best collection published this year.
By Sarah L Courteau - 11 December 9:16
Teacher-student affairs have captured the minds of many writers, among them David Mamet, Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, Christopher Isherwood, J M Coetzee, Zoë Heller, and Susan Choi. What is the fascination?
By Frances Wilson - 05 December 8:22
From the bonny beck to the kitchen sink and Heathcliff to the angry young men, Frances Wilson explores the personality of writing from the north of England, while Philip Maughan asks how the land lies today.
By John Gray - 05 December 8:19
Visions of ideal societies have recurred throughout history but such societies were nearly always placed in an irretrievable past.
By New Statesman - 03 December 10:28
The New Statesman’s friends and contributors choose their favourite books of 2013.
By Jonathan Webber - 29 November 15:02
The Cure, the new Penguin editions of Camus, and the details of presentation.
By Olivia Laing - 21 November 11:47
These pages are populated by black male bodies in multiple guises: in drag, on stage, in the act of sex. Certain images return with a cumulative power more commonly associated with the novel. Pryor, in the depths of drug addiction, pours brandy over his b
By Frances Wilson - 21 November 11:35
A Little History of Literature and How to Read a Novelist.
By Fiona Sampson - 14 November 17:46
One book that recognises this, and one that fails to do so.