As we advance through the series, its cities and centuries sounding like some powerful exclamation, what is happening more subtly is a sense of the country cohering as a nation.
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are wonderful actors, but no one can claim that The Affair is Mad Men-style high art.
Ryan Gilbey is left feeling chilled by Abderrahmane Sissako’s remarkable Timbuktu.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
Fact versus fantasy.
In 1752, Johnson’s low spirits were relieved somewhat by the arrival from Jamaica of Francis Barber.
Lawrence Osborne's new book, set in Cambodia, grapples with manifold questions about identity.
Sophie McBain reviews Jonathan Littell's Syrian Notebooks and Voices of the Arab Spring by Asaad al-Saleh.
A few years ago, the Great British Bun was in danger of extinction. Then, like a well-proofed dough, it rose again.
Up before dawn, the garden gone Jurassic and ominous
Uncharted, whole tribes could be hiding down there
The smell of weak sun varnishing the larger leaves, sending
Up the old primæval musk, snakes and apples, an oafish Eden –
Although often marginalised under the broad label of "post-colonial", Mabanckou is emerging as a force in French writing.
The Good Story is a dialogue between Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz, a clinical psychologist and trainee psychotherapist.
Michael Prodger on new books from Julian Barnes and Michael Craig-Martin.
The Spanish have had reason to identify with the losing side lately, and two debut novels reflect it.
When it to comes to putting stuff in your mouth, only the spoon will do.
A great philosophical love affair - and the economist fascinated by it.
The internet would be a much nicer place if everyone spoke like a Jane Austen character. Here’s how you go about it.
Feminists: it’s OK to be hot. But you knew that already, right?
With record numbers of us choosing to stay single, Bolick's new book explores what it means for a woman to build a rich life alone.
Danny Boyle, the man behind the Olympics and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, speaks to the New Statesman at the opening of HOME, Manchester's answer to London's Southbank.
The actor’s comments about the infantilisation of culture have caused a storm. Is he right to want to put away childish things?
The interviewer, Matthew Bannister – generally known for keeping conversations moving dizzyingly ever forwards – was unusually quiet.
Jonathan Strange is an oddly lacklustre affair, aimed, it seems to me, at a generation brought up on Harry Potter.
The films of François Ozon are polymorphously perverse.
The production makes it very clear what we are supposed to think, which sadly detracts from the variety and ambiguity the composer worked into his score.
From Kean to Dench, the best performers radiate an electricity that transcends the stage.
Sacks has written of showing “extreme immoderation” in his passions. This new book reveals them.
A refinement of his earlier work, Vann's new novel gives a socially determined take on how things fall apart.
This is the dark, nightmarish little voice inside every mother, the one we spend our lives trying to shut up.