Achievement famine
By Kathryn Hughes - 08 October 13:00


Chris Rojek <em>Reaktion Books, 208pp, £12.95</em>

ISBN 1861891040

For ever George
By Roger Lewis - 01 October 13:00

A Commonplace Book

Alec Guinness <em>Hamish Hamilton, 163pp, £12.99</em>

ISBN 024114146X

The fear of life
By Mick Hume - 01 October 13:00

Vigor Mortis: the end of the death taboo

Kate Berridge <em>Profile Books, 273pp, £17.99</em>


Paperback reader
By Lisa Allardice - 01 October 13:00

Aiding and Abetting

Muriel Spark <em>Penguin, 211pp, £5.99</em>

ISBN 0670894281

An imperfect spy
By Phillip Knightley - 01 October 13:00

Open Secret: the autobiography of the former director-general of MI5

Stella Rimington <em>Hutchins

Saving Vidia. James Wood on V S Naipaul: "the greatest living analyst of the colonial and post-colonial dilemma"
By David Edgar - 01 October 13:00

Half a Life

V S Naipaul <em>Picador, 224pp, £15.99</em>

ISBN 0330485164

Novel of the week
By Stephanie Merritt - 01 October 13:00

The Sweetest Dream

Doris Lessing <em>Flamingo, 479pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0002261618

Live to eat
By Decca Aitkenhead - 01 October 13:00

Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Jamie Oliver <em>Michael Joseph, 320pp, £20</em>

ISBN 0718144848

Of saints and martyrs
By Adam Newey - 01 October 13:00

Here to Eternity: an anthology of poetry

Selected by Andrew Motion <em>Faber and Faber, 402pp, £16

The good apprentice
By Bryan Appleyard - 01 October 13:00

Iris Murdoch: a life

Peter J Conradi <em>HarperCollins, 706pp, £24.99</em>

ISBN 0002571234

By A N Wilson - 24 September 13:00

The Mitford Girls: the biography of an extraordinary family

Mary S Lovell <em>Little, Brown, 611pp

Girls just wanna have fun
By Jennie Bristow - 24 September 13:00

One-Hit Wonder

Lisa Jewell <em>Penguin, 450pp, £6.99</em>

ISBN 0140295968



A butler's work
By Henry Sheen - 24 September 13:00

Zeno and the Tortoise: how to think like a philosopher

Nicholas Fearn <em>Atlantic Books, 187pp, £

Paperback reader
By Peter Wilby - 24 September 13:00

A Short Walk Down Fleet Street

Alan Watkins <em>Duckbacks, 311pp, £6.99</em>

ISBN 0715629107

Convert to Islam
By Karen Armstrong - 24 September 13:00

The Lost Messiah: in search of Sabbatai Sevi

John Freely <em>Viking, 275pp, £20</em>

ISBN 067088

Novel of the week
By Gerry Feehily - 24 September 13:00

The Anatomy School

Bernard MacLaverty <em>Jonathan Cape, 355pp, £15.99</em>

ISBN 0224062026

Like father like scum
By Christopher Bray - 24 September 13:00

Lucky Him: the life of Kingsley Amis

Richard Bradford <em>Peter Owen, 448pp, £22.50 </em>


More mummy lit
By Rebecca Abrams - 17 September 13:00

Misconceptions: truth, lies and the unexpected on the journey to motherhood

Naomi Wolf <em>Chatto

Sins of the fathers
By Richard Gott - 17 September 13:00

Interrogations: the Nazi elite in allied hands, 1945

Richard Overy <em>Allen Lane, The Penguin Pre

New Statesman Competition
By Staff blogger - 17 September 13:00

Thank you to all readers for an excellent response to our Routledge Classics competition (issue 13 August 2001). The answers are below each question:

Which 20th-century thinker was the subject of Iris Murdoch's 1953 book subtitled "romantic rationalist"?

Loving Lorna
By Kathryn Hughes - 17 September 13:00

Moments of Truth: twelve twentieth-century women writers

Lorna Sage <em>Fourth Estate, 272pp, £15

Paperback reader
By Alex Gibbons - 17 September 13:00

Loco: advice for travellers

John Binias <em>Macmillan, 243pp, £9.99</em>

ISBN 0333905652

Auntie Alan. The cult of Alan Bennett, the nation's favourite teddy bear, is tiresome, writes Adam Newey. He is provincial, class-obsessed and nostalgic
By Adam Newey - 17 September 13:00

Backing into the Limelight: the biography of Alan Bennett

Alexander Games <em>Headline, 320pp, £18

Still gloomy after all these years
By Robert Taylor - 17 September 13:00

The Verdict of Peace: Britain between her yesterday and the future

Correlli Barnett <em>Macmillan,

Woman with no agenda
By Zoe Williams - 17 September 13:00

Madonna: queen of the world

Douglas Thompson <em>John Blake Publishing, 290pp, £16.99</em>


Only pets win prizes
By Hugo Barnacle - 10 September 13:00


Andrew Miller <em>Sceptre, 325pp, £14.99</em>

ISBN 0340728256

Stupendous Mr Johnson
By Rebecca Abrams - 10 September 13:00

According to Queeny

Beryl Bainbridge<em> Little, Brown, 242pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0715629239