Gordon Burn.
What Gordon Burn taught me: Write, write write, day and night
By Ben Myers - 14 October 11:40

The week before the first winner of the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize is announced, novelist Ben Myers remembers the pilgrimage he made to Burn's remote home in the Scottish borders.

Alice Munro.
Alice Munro awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2013
By Philip Maughan - 10 October 12:55

The Canadian "writer's writer" hailed by the committee as a "master of the contemporary short story".

New Statesman
The Last Full Measure: How soldiers die in battle by Michael Stephenson
By Patrick Hennessey - 10 October 10:58

In the light of the global focus on chemical weapons, policymakers would do well to take note of a conversation that Stephenson records between two First World War soldiers about the folly of ever imagining that there are such things as “clean, decent wea

New Statesman
Cycling through Middle Earth
By Rosemary Hill - 10 October 10:54

Has Graham Robb found the true site of Arthur’s court? Did Oxford have a mystic significance for the Celts?

New York City.
William B Heimreich and Sudhir Venkatesh: Failing to make sense of New York City
By Jonathan Dee - 10 October 10:30

There’s something entertaining about the reader’s gradual realisation that Helmreich is not just some walking data recorder but rather, quite possibly, the Whitest Man in the World.

Books in brief: The School of Life, Jonathan Franzen and Yasushi Inoue
By Philip Maughan - 10 October 8:00

Three new books you might have missed.

I blame Bridget Jones
By Clmence Sebag - 08 October 12:13

Bridget got me into this mess, and I’ve been waiting 14 years for her to get me out of it, writes Clémence Sebag.

Crap Towns: We can't fix our problems if we refuse to see them
By Sam Jordison - 07 October 12:28

Editor Sam Jordison says his book is not "an exercise in laughing at neglect" but a tough look at the nasty side of British capitalism written by the victims - for the victims.

New Statesman
Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
By Roger Moorhouse - 03 October 11:01

It’s worth remembering here that many of those women who committed crimes could not resort to the time-worn excuse that they were “following orders”. They were not.

New Statesman
Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert
By Jonathan Bate - 03 October 10:47

Donne is so damn sexy that he will always seem modern. Marvell is the greatest political poet in the language (always excepting Shakespeare). Yet Herbert lived a quiet life: born in 1593, he died far too prematurely, in 1633.

New Statesman
A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption and American Culture
By Nicholas Wapshott - 03 October 10:38

Like many “leftish” Brits who crossed the Atlantic to criticise imperial America from the belly of the beast, Cockburn soon discovered that America barely exists.

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The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
By Olivia Laing - 03 October 10:23

Like many couples, they communicated in a private language, a sort of nursery camp in which they were cast as the “Animals”.

New Statesman
Understanding the national paranoia that led to the First World War
By Richard Overy - 03 October 10:15

“There are so many questions and as many answers again.”

New Statesman
From the Archive: Will Tom Clancy be taken seriously in death?
By Sean French - 02 October 17:06

In this article originally written on 2nd September 1994, Sean French wonders why Tom Clancy was hardly ever discussed at all during his lifetime.

Damian McBride: Repentant spinner
By Helen Lewis - 02 October 11:05

Damian McBride is a bastard. And, unusually for a memoirist, he’s very keen to let you know that from the start, writes Helen Lewis.

High Minds by Simon Heffer: A thunderous new history of the Victorian era
By Tristram Hunt - 02 October 10:49

This is an extended paean to an era whose ethos and moral purpose navigated the transition from the chaos of the Industrial Revolution to the equanimity of late-Victorian Britain.

New Statesman
Empress Dowager Cixi: The concubine who launched modern China
By Rana Mitter - 02 October 9:28

Much more than a Chinese Anne Boleyn, Cixi engineered a palace coup to place her young son on the throne at the age of just 25.

David Vann.
Reviews round-up | 1 October
By Critic - 01 October 17:00

The critics' verdict on David Vann, William Boyd and Damian McBride.

The Goldsmiths Prize.
The Goldsmiths Prize: Where the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction cede to creativity
By Philip Maughan - 01 October 13:00

After the Booker Prize's announcement that it will accept English-language across the globe, the Goldsmiths Prize occupies a unique position. Its debut shortlist was revealed this morning.

New Statesman
Stephen King still won't accept Kubrick's genius
By Mark Hodge - 30 September 10:26

What is it that particularly irks King about a film that was so universally acclaimed?

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: A strangely passive experience
By Claire Lowdon - 26 September 15:34

Stripping back an already pared-down style to the point of blandness.

New Statesman
On David Gilmour: The Loneliness of the Old White Male
By Holger Syme - 26 September 12:41

David Gilmour seems to be fond of authors, and he says he loves their work — provided they are male, white, and very much like him. Here's why he's wrong.

New Statesman
What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The age after innocence
By Sarah Ditum - 26 September 12:11

Is feminism capable of addressing the differences between women, as well as those between women and men?

New Statesman
Democracy Ltd by Bobby Friedman: Formula wrong
By Jack Straw - 26 September 11:54

British elections used to be heroically corrupt.

New Statesman
The barbarism of reason: John Gray on the Notebooks of Leopardi
By John Gray - 26 September 11:41

The first full translation of a reclusive Italian poet’s philosophical “hotchpotch” is a major event in the history of ideas.

Berlin Wall.
Red Love by Maxim Leo: Secondarily a memoir, foremost a love story
By Marina Benjamin - 26 September 8:50

Marina Benjamin is impressed by the storytelling and cool-headed analysis in Maxim Leo's Red Love: the Story of an East German Family.

New Statesman
Reviews round-up
By Critic - 24 September 12:11

The critics' verdicts on Stephen King, Sathnam Sanghera and Maxim Leon.

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Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon: Dotcom survivors
By Leo Robson - 20 September 12:40

A book where even the phrase "You are so grounded" takes on significance.

New Statesman
Jonathan Coe and Justin Cartwright: Fictional prime time
By John Sutherland - 20 September 12:30

The British novel, at its best, is engaged, liberal, highly informed, secular, sceptical and above all humane.

Out of Print by George Brock: An unfinished and chaotic story
By Emily Bell - 20 September 12:15

Brock convincingly disabuses readers of the notion of a “golden age” of journalism in the postwar period. But he often doesn't go far enough.