The latest on books and the arts


Seven Samurai
The pictorial Shakespeare of our time
By George Chesterton - 17 April 16:00

In praise of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.

Peter Kennard: From Maggie Regina to Blue Murder
By Philip Maughan - 17 April 15:20

After Thatcher, political artists need to look harder.

Julian Barnes
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 16 April 15:36

The critics' verdicts on Julian Barnes, Greg Bellow and David Goodhart.

New Statesman
Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists - who are they?
By Philip Maughan - 16 April 8:22

Penguin-style biographies for the twenty listed writers with essays, reviews and free fiction.

Sir Colin Davis: a conductor without compare
By Caroline Crampton - 15 April 15:35

The London Symphony Orchestra's longest-serving conductor has died at the age of 85.

Bad Machinery.
The Hardy Boys of our generation?
By Alex Hern - 14 April 13:04

Reviewed: Bad Machinery, by John Allison.

New Statesman
A cross-cultural masterpiece
By Sarah Howell - 12 April 15:50

Reviewed: Sutra.

New Statesman
Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 12 April 13:21

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Time Saver
By Tom Humberstone - 12 April 8:53

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
Preview: Julian Barnes on Christopher Hitchens, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch
By Helen Lewis - 11 April 15:51

The novelist gives a rare interview to Soumya Bhattacharya for the New Statesman Centenary Issue.

New Statesman
In the Critics: The Centenary Issue
By new-statesman - 11 April 12:05

A.S Byatt on Terry Pratchett, Mark Damazer on Charles Emmerson’s history of the year 1913 and new fiction from Ali Smith.

New Statesman
Dollar and booze: English words that aren't really English
By Sarah Howell - 10 April 13:32

The British Council's new exhibition has revealed the top 10 English words that originated overseas.

Christopher Walken in A Late Quartet.
Music to my eyes
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 April 10:34

The sweet sound of Christopher Walken in the otherwise terrible "A Late Quartet"

The opera house in Lyon (Getty Images)
Reviewed: A Fidelio for the future
By Alexandra Coghlan - 08 April 17:58

Hi-tech and full of trickery, but can the music survive?

New Statesman
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 08 April 13:31

The critics' verdicts on Elias Khoury, Lorna Gibb and Michael Burleigh.

Point Blank
Disorganised crime
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 08 April 13:05

In praise of John Boorman's "Point Blank".

Achebe freed me to tell my own story
By Chika Unigwe - 08 April 11:06

He demonstrated the importance of finding your own voice.

Rob Pollard v British Sea Power: "We need a Chavez"
By Rob Pollard - 08 April 9:36

<em>British Sea Power</em>'s Yan speaks to the <em>New Statesman</em> about music, politics and Grand Designs Australia.

Marathon man
By Paul Elie - 07 April 10:21

There was no getting away from Bach in London over Easter weekend.

New Statesman
Mao's last dancer
By James Rose - 06 April 12:22

A muscle-bulging, tendon-stretching leap across the borders.

New Statesman
The Friday arts diary
By New Statesman - 05 April 15:03

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Roger Ebert.
I miss Roger Ebert already
By Philip Maughan - 05 April 12:38

The "best known film critic in America" has died, aged 70.

The Shed
The Shed
By Sarah Howell - 05 April 12:37

The National Theatre unveils its new temporary theatre space, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins.

Jane Goodall
The art of copying
By En Liang Khong - 04 April 15:46

Dame Jane Goodall’s use of Wikipedia is part of a more decisive shift in authorial culture.

Tilda Swinton in The Maybe
Reviewed: The Maybe by Tilda Swinton
By Sarah Howell - 03 April 17:39

A fabulous send-up of our obsession with celebrity

New Statesman
Iain Banks reveals he has inoperable gall bladder cancer
By Caroline Crampton - 03 April 11:52

The author has released a statement saying he is “Very Poorly”.

Eric Hobsbawm
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 02 April 14:35

The critics' verdicts on Maya Angelou, Charles Glass and Eric Hobsbawm.

Inside the outside: Souzou - Outsider Art from Japan
By Charlotte Simmonds - 30 March 1:32

Charlotte Simmonds visits the Wellcome's new show, whose artists have all been diagnosed with cognitive and developmental illnesses.

Following the death of Richard Griffiths, we remember his role as Uncle Monty.
Uncle Monty's five finest moments
By New Statesman - 29 March 11:26

Following the death of Richard Griffiths, we remember his classic turn as Uncle Monty in Withnail and I.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Modern Espionage
By Tom Humberstone - 29 March 9:08

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic for the New Statesman.