Presumed innocent: Carroll with the children of his friend the author George MacDonald, 1860s. Photo: Lewis Carroll/Getty Images
Lewis Carroll and his “child-friends”: revelations about Alice and her wonderland
By Lyndall Gordon - 02 April 14:52

New studies by Edward Wakeling and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uncover the story of one of literature's most debated men.

Heroes of the Dardanelles: wounded Australian and British troops on their way to a hospital ship, August 1915
At the centenary of Gallipoli, Germaine Greer interrogates the myth of Australian nationhood
By Germaine Greer - 02 April 14:00

Was Australia born on the battlefield? 100 years after Gallipoli, the accepted narrative seems further than ever from reality.

How can a memoir convey the damage done by eating disorders, without passing it on?
By Glosswitch - 31 March 9:06

Nancy Tucker’s eating disorder memoir, The Time In Between, tackles this problem head-on.

Herdwick and Swaledale sheep roam the hills in spring. Photo: Ashley Cooper/Rex
James Rebanks: “Shepherding is beautiful and interesting. It’s a dignified and decent way to live”
By Caroline Crampton - 30 March 12:36

Caroline Crampton spends the day with James Rebanks, Twitter’s best-known shepherd and author of The Shepherds Life, and learns how he’s updating the centuries-old sheep-farming traditions of the Lake District for the modern day.

Grin and bear it: the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, in Essex in February 2015. Photo: PETER MACDIARMID/GETTY IMAGES
Planes, pains and automobiles: the memoir-manifestos by Caroline Lucas and Nigel Farage
By Ann Treneman - 27 March 14:37

New autobiographies by Nigel Farage and Caroline Lucas get a kick out of calling themselves "outsiders". The truth? They want your votes.

Hegel, in a 19th century portrait. Image: WikiCommons
Slavoj Žižek: A modest rejoinder
By Slavoj Zizek - 27 March 14:24

“Although I am far from a well-meaning liberal, I simply cannot recognise myself in the lunatic-destructive figure described by Cohen.”

Into the arms of space: flying used to be rare and splendid
How to fly a plane (safely): Erica Wagner rediscovers flight's wonder with a BA pilot
By Erica Wagner - 27 March 11:17

Mark Vanhoenacker's Skyfaring reminds us of the magic of aviation.

Narendra Modi during a live 3D hologram telecast in Mumbai, April 2014
The Modi Effect: how India elected a hologram
By Raghu Karnad - 27 March 11:00

A New Labour spin doctor's account of a record-breaking election campaign.

Maximum exposure: Rita Hayworth plays the femme fatale in Gilda (1946)
Sex, lies and videotape: Barry Forshaw's Sex and Film lays bare the erotic traditions of cinema
By Jane Shilling - 26 March 15:32

Sex and Film: the Erotic in British, American and World Cinema is a survey of sex on celluloid, from Tarzan to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Live through this: Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel makes us question death - and life
By Neel Mukherjee - 26 March 15:30

The End of Days kills its protagonist five times in a novel grounded in the turbulence of 20th-century Europe.

The kids are alright. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Generation why: Georgia Gould's Wasted shows an alternative view of Britain's youth
By Owen Jones - 26 March 15:30

Young people are characterised as apathetic and wasteful; but the young drink less and commit less crime. Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future reveals the truth.

An illustration from beautiful birds.
Secrets beyond the door: the best children's fiction for Easter
By Amanda Craig - 26 March 15:28

Amanda Craig picks the best children’s books for spring.

Born to rule: Public schools remain a closed shop, expanding only to cater for an increasingly global elite. Photo: PETER MARLOW/MAGNUM PHOTOS. MARTIN PARR
The Old Boys: Classroom to boardroom, public schools excel in lessons of power
By Peter Wilby - 26 March 15:28

For many, public schools represent an ongoing problem in the battle for equality. But what can be done to level the playing field? A new book by David Turner considers the ongoing hold of the private system.

How Marvel’s universe of strange, flawed, streetwise superheroes conquered our own
By Jonathan Ross - 23 March 10:02

Jonathan Ross revels in the history of Marvel’s mould-breaking comics.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Peter Oborne on Tony Blair
By Peter Oborne - 19 March 15:15

Peter Oborne reviews Blair Inc, an investigation into Tony Blair’s financial dealings.

Wistman’s Wood, Devon, from “Uncommon Ground”. Photo: Dominick Tyler
The naming of the shrew: language, landscape and the new nature writing
By Philip Hoare - 19 March 14:24

Nature writers are seeking to restore a rich, neglected vocabulary– but words can tame as well as illuminate the land.

Paris at twilight. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
French revolutions: the eerie prescience of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s detective fiction
By Russell Williams - 19 March 12:15

An attentive reader of Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Guy Debord, Manchette used his novels to offer diagnoses of societal ills.

Campbell and Alex Ferguson talk tactics, 2010. Photo: PA
Dodgy dossier: Alastair Campbell's brainwashing guide to success fails to impress
By Simon Heffer - 19 March 12:14

Winners: and How They Succeed claims to praise boldness - but often just praises bullshit.

Dylan Hammond's tin-plate portrait of Aneurin Bevan at the Welsh Assembly. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Aneurin Bevan, stormy petrel of the Labour left
By David Marquand - 19 March 12:09

A new biography shows Aneurin Bevan’s Marxist doggedness was prescient.

John Aubrey. Photo: Wikimedia
In feather light sentences, antiquarian John Aubrey captured the spirit of an age
By Frances Wilson - 19 March 11:33

Ruth Scurr's biography of the draughtsman, archeologist and diarist is a moving, delicate record of a man - and an era.

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. Photo: Matt Carr/Getty Images
Worst of all worlds: late capitalist materialism and the unending cycles of Slavoj Žižek
By Josh Cohen - 19 March 11:24

Absolute Recoil and Trouble in Paradise, the latest additions to the Žižekian corpus, are recycled radicalism - and fail to see beyond capitalism's hold.

The author Sir Terry Pratchett, who was an inspiration to many. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty
Terry Pratchett: Ten best quotes
By Stephen Bush and Stephanie Boland - 12 March 16:04

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” Following Terry Pratchett's death, here are some of his best quotations as chosen by the New Statesman team. 

Kazuo Ishiguro. Photo: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Modernist and minimalist: on Tom McCarthy and Kazuo Ishiguro
By Leo Robson - 12 March 10:48

Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant and Tom McCarthy's Satin Island have opposite problems: one too little stretched long, the other overstuffed.

Congolese rebel militia in 2012. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty
Journey into fear: Denis Johnson's violent vision of Africa is hollow - and false
By Randy Boyagoda - 12 March 10:47

The Laughing Monsters has no tension - this is a sour, overwrought novel which fills a continent with cheap laughs and cardboard villians.

Mr Songbird: Ray Davies at the Flask pub in Highgate, north London, 1972. PHoto: Gijsbert Hankeroot/Redferns
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies: an imprisoned rock legend or just plain mean?
By Mark Ellen - 12 March 10:40

The title of veteran rock writer Johnny Rogan's biography Ray Davies: a Complicated Life may be something of an understatement.

Gotcha! Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple music event in 2010. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A modern history of hoaxes: without pranks, there'd be no Apple
By Robert Twigger - 11 March 17:30

From Bansky to Martin Bell, Kembrew McLeod's Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World shows how pranks shake things up.

A protest over police practices in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
The digital ducking stool
By Helen Lewis - 11 March 12:57

As Jon Ronson's new book shows, public shaming is cruel, random and effective - and it flourishes when we have lost trust in the system.

Is the gender gap in earnings the product of "rational" inequality? Picture: Hulton Archive
Much of women's work is unpaid - but without it, the economy would crumble
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 11 March 11:32

Katrine Marçal's Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? reminds us how Homo economicus has always been supported by free, underacknowldged, female labour.

Digital hieroglyphics: what does the buffer symbol tell us about ourselves?
By Thomas McMullan - 06 March 9:42

Staring at a buffer symbol, waiting for something on the internet to load can be both reassuring and distressing. We wait with the belief that something is happening out of sight.

Art of darkness: the Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, photographed in 2007. Photo: Murdo McLeod
Criminally Caledonian: on the art of detective fiction and the glory of “tartan noir”
By Leo Robson - 05 March 10:00

Leo Robson looks at the traditions underpinning Ian Rankin's The Beat Goes On and George Pelecanos' The Martini Shot and Other Stories.

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