Visions of ideal societies have recurred throughout history but such societies were nearly always placed in an irretrievable past.
The New Statesman’s friends and contributors choose their favourite books of 2013.
The Cure, the new Penguin editions of Camus, and the details of presentation.
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
A Little History of Literature and How to Read a Novelist.
One book that recognises this, and one that fails to do so.
One question above all emerges when reading this book: would we in Britain have behaved better?
The book issues a clarification of his sexuality – his two-year live-in relationship with the photographer Jake Walters – so obscure that it needed a clarification of its own after the book was published.
A paean to muddling through.
Robeson was and remains important because his conception of justice was based on something as simple as our fundamental right to dignity.
Mailer married six times and had nine children; there were innumerable affairs, parties and arguments. He published 44 books. He never stopped. After one of his children is born, he leaves the hospital and that night begins an affair with his sister-in-la
Writers shortlisted for the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize read from their work and answer questions.
Sharon Bolton learned the hard way that people were quick to make judgements about her based on her name, which is why she published her books using her initials. Now, she's had enough.
On Beck’s show Gladwell went well beyond anything he said in his book.
Under the care of the psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin, Warburg was presented with a challenge: if he could successfully deliver a lecture to an invited audience of medical staff, patients and friends, he would be released.
John Eliot Gardiner has spoiled the field for everyone. His portrait of J S Bach is magnificent.
Large-scale resistance to antibiotics is inevitable, yet new antibacterials aren't emerging. Why?
Pretension remains the greatest social crime – and authenticity the greatest virtue.
The critics' verdicts on Malala Yousafzai, Hermione Lee and Bridget Jones.
The Twain who steps out of the Autobiography is more sceptical and negative than the Twain of the novels but still very much the same character.
Three new books you may have missed.
User-generated content is driving out expert or elite opinion and this is affecting the film reviewing trade in particular.
Those who made dangerous choices when the only choice seemed to be "marry or die".
The wholesale colonisation of one's day by auxiliary activities that haven’t a whit to do with the contemplative, hermetical job of a novelist, is now the norm for most professional writers.
Two books obsessed with human savagery.
The suggestion that the United States behaves like an imperial power is something that still causes great sensitivity in a country founded in revolt against the British empire, and which has usually seen itself as a champion of the independence and self-d
Despite a climax involving a leadenly symbolic, Jurassic Park-style “feeding experiment” in the Circle’s aquariums, The Circle is the well-managed thriller Eggers plainly intended it to be.
Ravishingly beautiful writing from a rock-star novelist.
Three new books you may have missed.
Herodotus was happy to report what he was told but felt “under no obligation to believe it entirely – something that is true for the whole of my narrative”. The man who loved “wonders” was committed to wondering whether they were real.