An Arghan policeman.
Investment in Blood by Frank Ledwidge: A devastating indictment of the utter, unanswerable folly of Afghanistan
By Sherard Cowper-Cowles - 16 June 11:00

Frank Ledwidge, once a “justice adviser” in Britain’s para-colonial administration in Helmand, has produced a devastating indictment of Britain’s military intervention in southern Afghanistan. If those of us complicit in the error were ever brought to jus

A still image from Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby.
Careless People by Sarah Churchwell: The glamour and grimness of Gatsby
By Alexandra Harris - 16 June 10:00

Sarah Churchwell's Careless People is as mixed and inclusive as F Scott Fitzgerald’s scrapbooks. Both offer 1922 as the chief exhibit to explain the jazz age.

Portrait of James Salter.
Lives that seem perfect but aren’t: An appreciation of James Salter
By Kirsty Gunn - 15 June 13:00

Twenty years ago Kirsty Gunn was promoting a book about a perfect family who seemed to have everything, but whose lives were slowly falling apart. An audience member suggested she read James Salter's "Light Years". It was the beginning of a life-long love

A man holds up an ancient banknote.
Money by Felix Martin: Exposing the flaws in the way we think about money
By Alex Brummer - 15 June 12:00

A fresh addition to the growing library of "recession lit": one which delves into anthropology and ancient history to argue we will never understand the financial crisis with our current misguided perspective on money.

People sitting in front of laptops, some looking at the screen, others not.
Attention! by Joshua Cohen: "Since using the computer, since using the internet, it’s as if my mind itself has evanesced"
By Jon Day - 15 June 12:00

In our hypermediated world, where we choose to bestow our attention has become a matter of commercial interest. Joshua Cohen, an American novelist and critic, has drawn up a history of attention in short, attention-grabbing episodes, from the dawn of writ

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner: A paradoxical kind of failure
By Leo Robson - 15 June 10:06

Rachel Kushner’s new novel bursts forth with life, anecdote and evocation. She is a writer infinitely addicted to noticing, but despite her energy and skill, the book fails to produce the required momentum.

An unheard-of surprise
By Hayley Campbell - 12 June 15:57

Hayley Campbell reviews Gerald Shea's <em>Song Without Words</em>.

Iain Banks books.
Grief among readers and friends for Iain Banks
By Chris D Allen - 10 June 13:01

Friends, readers and fellow-writers remember a Scottish literary great.

Saul Bellow in 1992.
Greg Bellow: Believe me, there was plenty of fighting and screaming, plenty of friction and grief
By Leo Robson - 07 June 19:00

Greg Bellow, son of Saul Bellow and author of Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir, on family, psychotherapy and writing.

A still from
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong: dawn of the bromance comic
By Cara Ellison - 07 June 17:36

A graphic novel about high school angst and killer robots? Hand it over, says Cara Ellison.

Liverpool docklands.
Militant Liverpool by Diane Frost and Peter North: The secret of a revival - we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves
By Chris Mullin - 07 June 12:00

In recent years, with the help of a substantial capital injection from the EU, Liverpool has undergone a long-overdue renaissance. A friend of mine once asked the city’s former Anglican bishop David Sheppard how he explained the revival, to which Sheppard

A house on a new estate.
Broke by David Boyle and When the Money Runs Out by Stephen D King: The broken mirror of money
By Bryan Appleyard - 07 June 11:45

Finance, like fiction, needs a narrative. Money being a belief system - it is always possible to believe our way out of a crisis.

An illustration of Charlotte Mew.
"An imp with brains": The forgotten genius of Charlotte Mew
By Julia Copus - 07 June 10:06

Catherine Dawson Scott, writer and co-founder of International Pen, describes the poet Charlotte Mew in her diary of 1913 as “an imp with brains”. Mew was certainly doll-like in stature: she wore size-two boots, which she bought at F Pinet in Mayfair. It

Reviewed: Confessions from Correspondentland
By Chris D Allen - 06 June 16:02

Nick Bryant's memoir recalls the dangers and delights of life as a foreign correspondent.

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit: There are other ways of telling
By Olivia Laing - 06 June 13:12

One summer, Rebecca Solnit received an enigmatic gift: a hundred pounds of apricots, harvested from the garden of her mother’s former house. That summer, Solnit discovered that she had pre-cancerous cells in her breast – a prelude to major surgery. In le

The Socialist Way edited by Roy Hattersley and Kevin Hickson: Defining Ed Miliband's "one nation" project
By Patrick Diamond - 06 June 12:52

No one is more conscious than Miliband that he is leading the Labour Party during a period in which the left is at a perilously low ebb across Europe.

The Democracy Project by David Graeber: The textual life of Occupy lives on
By Laurie Penny - 06 June 11:22

A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective.

FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan J Lichtman: This world, the next world and the New Deal
By David Cesarani - 06 June 11:12

During the late 1930s, American Jews quipped that there were, in ascending order of perfection, “Dos velt, jenner velt und Roosevelt” – this world, the next world and the New Deal. To Jewish immigrants and their children, President Roosevelt offered oppor

Three cheers for new children's laureate Malorie Blackman - an author who likes and trusts children
By Glosswitch - 05 June 9:32

At a time when creative thought is recast as “dumbing down”, writers like Malorie Blackman are more important than ever. In a digital age it sounds somewhat naff and misty-eyed to claim that “books give us power” but they do.

Portraits of Mary Wollstonecraft and Caitlin Moran.
Stoke Newington: the village that changed the world
By Critic - 05 June 9:22

Preview: Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

An aerial view of the Hackney Marshes football pitches in London
How the spreadsheet-wielding geeks are taking over football
By Simon Kuper - 05 June 8:51

The statistical revolution comes to the pitch.

Portrait of W G Sebald.
W G Sebald's apocalyptic vision: The world will end in 2013
By Isabel Sutton - 04 June 9:00

Radio producer and journalist Isabel Sutton travelled to Germany to talk about W G Sebald with his old friend and fellow academic Professor Rüdiger Görner. She meets him in the same hotel bar where he and Sebald had lunched together many years before.

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New Statesman writers appear at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
By new-statesman - 03 June 16:35

From Laurie Penny on protest to Helen Lewis on videogames, via Daniel Trilling on the far right, join NS staff and contributors at the North London festival.

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NS Recommends: Victor Martinovich, William G Bowen and Sam Byers
By Philip Maughan - 31 May 12:24

Love in a tyrannous climate, the power of MOOCs and a case of diseased cattle.

Woodland near Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards: Where does all this rhapsodising over badgers and briar get us?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 May 12:39

Since Roger Deakin and Robert Macfarlane's success, it is now even possible to take an MA in “wild writing” at the University of Essex. Along with Mumford & Sons, The Great British Bake Off and real-ale microbreweries in Shoreditch, it feels like a sympto

In Adonis's blow-by-blow account, the most striking thing is the extent to which
5 Days In May by Andrew Adonis: A raw battle for power
By George Eaton - 30 May 12:32

Andrew Adonis, one of the five Labour figures present throughout the ill-fated talks with the Lib Dems, has written a West Wing-style thriller that recreates what he calls “a raw battle for power to decide who would govern and which big policies would win

The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux: How not to write about Africa
By Hedley Twidle - 30 May 10:59

A decade after his last African travelogue, Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux picks up where he left off. “What am I doing here?” begins to appear as a refrain. I began asking it, too: “What are you doing here, Paul? Why are you making me rehearse this done

All That Is by James Salter: Deep seriousness and grammar-defiant swooning
By Leo Robson - 30 May 8:13

Salter appears to feel no terror at boundlessness and no need to impose his own geometry. What he is more eager to impose – or to let flourish – is a particular way of seeing. Among recent American novels, <em>All That Is</em> has few equals on this score

Grant Morrison's Zenith returning to print in December
By Alex Hern - 29 May 12:02

Lost classic being reprinted in a limited run of 1000 copies.