Francisco Bethencourt’s book <i>Racisms</i> explores the blood on the leaves left behind by centuries of racial discrimination, including the enduring spectre of Guantánamo Bay.
Both of these remarkable novels are rooted in 19th-century realism, but they are profoundly subversive of its conventions.
From early protests in Africa to a minister in Harold Wilson’s cabinet – no one alive has done so much to shape British social democracy.
Using science to explain art is a good way to butcher both, and is intellectually bankrupt to boot.
<em>The Skin</em>, published now in the first ever complete English translation, captures the delirium and cruelty of Europe in the Second World War in surreal and amoral prose.
Relaunched festival includes the NS Debate on the motion "Young people have never had it so good".
Another day, another study misrepresented as causing our brains to change in some mysterious, irreversible way.
Orwell discovered the values of a practical, gentle, empirical people who didn't kill each other because they disagreed over politics.
The online retailer has reshaped bookselling since it entered the trade in 1995. But Amazon’s aggressive and “anti-competitive” tactics, especially for selling ebooks, are raising hackles in an industry under stress. What is the future of the book busines
Too little has been written about the Brighton-born novelist, Ann Quin, whose writing ruptured middle class pieties.
Written by <i>Time</i>’s Mark Halperin and <i>New York Magazine</i>’s John Heilemann, this book is based on more than 500 in-depth interviews with everyone from junior advisers to the candidates, recorded on the condition of a strict embargo.
Jonathan Bate reviews <em>Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World</em> by Leo Damrosch and explores the world behind works like <i>A Modest Proposal</i> and <i>Gulliver's Travels</i>.
Tyson's early life was characterised by incarceration and petty crime, but he lucked when he fell under the tutelage of boxing trainer Cus D’Amato.
PL Travers doesn't fit the stereotype of a children's author. In fact, she didn't even like children.
Camilla Schofield's <i>Enoch Powell and the Making of Post-Colonial Britain</i> argues that Powell was a product of Britain's post-colonial history rather than a “timeless monster”.
Nina Stibbe's letters, written to her sister while she was working for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books, may just be the best collection published this year.
Teacher-student affairs have captured the minds of many writers, among them David Mamet, Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, Christopher Isherwood, J M Coetzee, Zoë Heller, and Susan Choi. What is the fascination?
From the bonny beck to the kitchen sink and Heathcliff to the angry young men, Frances Wilson explores the personality of writing from the north of England, while Philip Maughan asks how the land lies today.
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.