The latest on books and the arts


Good Vibrations.
When punk rock ruled over Ulster
By Philip Maughan - 23 April 17:30

Reviewed: Good Vibrations.

John Le Carré
Reviews Round-up
By New Statesman - 23 April 13:38

The critics' verdicts on John le Carré, Alister McGrath and Granta 123.

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How Audrey Niffenegger ended up writing a ballet
By Hayley Campbell - 23 April 13:19

The author of <em>Time Traveller's Wife</em> speaks to Hayley Campbell about her new illustrated novel, <em>Raven Girl</em>.

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Judges for the 15th Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction announced
By new-statesman - 23 April 11:33

Lord Martin Rees to chair the Prize.

Audrey Niffenegger's illustration for Raven Girl
Audrey Niffenegger's Raven Girl: the return of the illustrated book?
By Alex Hern - 23 April 11:00

Alex Hern finds that sometimes it's better to let someone else illustrate your words.

Broadchurch recedes into the gloom, but ITV's star shines bright
By Caroline Crampton - 23 April 10:32

The channel's handling of Chris Chibnall's brilliant whodunnit gives Caroline Crampton hope that ITV is going to give the BBC some serious competition when it comes to original drama.

A still from Bioshock Infinite.
The end of the epic: why the success of Bioshock Infinite is bad for gaming
By Phil Hartup - 21 April 11:54

Phil Hartup hated the critically acclaimed blockbuster. And he thinks you should too.

A still from Me and You.
Two hotheads in a room
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 April 17:50

Bernardo Bertolucci returns after eight years with the invigorating "Me and You".

Neil Gaiman
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 19 April 12:06

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

A still from Mad Men series 6, episode 3.
Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 3
By Alice Gribbin - 19 April 9:48

Warring speeches and mass complicity.

A detail from Quentin Blake's cover illustration for The Witches.
What can we learn from Roald Dahl's The Witches?
By Jemma Crew - 18 April 11:30

Thirty years on from the publication of Roald Dahl's <em>The Witches</em>, Jemma Crew looks back to her childhood reading and recalls how the author reimagined the reality of adulthood for a whole generation of children.

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.

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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.

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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.