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New Statesman
Reviews Round-up
By new-statesman - 22 January 12:30

The critics' verdicts on Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Carl Watkins and Cheryl Strayed.

A homeless man asleep on newspapers in Paris (circa 1935)
Confessions of a down and out
By W H Davies - 22 January 10:11

From 1933: Poet and long-time tramp W H Davies reviews George Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London".

Michael Winner
Michael Winner dies, aged 77
By Philip Maughan - 21 January 15:37

Veteran film-maker and critic dies at his Kensington home

An illustration from Ralph Steadman's Animal Farm
The Road to Sanctity: George Orwell and the NS
By Philip Maughan - 21 January 11:00

To celebrate George Orwell Day, we take a look back through the archive and republish five importance pieces this week.

In the Frame: Absurdity and Emergency
By Tom Humberstone - 18 January 12:24

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
What has Ben Masters done for the Oxbridge novel?
By Luke Maxted - 17 January 13:31

Is 'Noughties' a fresh take on the genre, or just a pensioner in a hoodie?

In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 17 January 11:35

Robert Skidelsky on British industry, Richard J Evans on Norman Stone, Olivia Laing on Sheila Heti, Megan Abbott on Detroit and Ryan Gilbey on Quentin Tarantino.

Jodie Foster at the Golden Globes
Why Jodie Foster wasn't brave
By Ryan Gilbey - 16 January 17:13

The actress has been lauded for her coming out speech, but why?

New Statesman
Reviews Round-up
By new-statesman - 15 January 17:01

The critics' verdicts on Jared Diamond, Lara Feigel and Marco Roth.

James Kelman
James Kelman in conversation with the New Statesman
By new-statesman - 15 January 15:46

Book your place for the event on 23 January.

Beppe Grillo
The resistible rise of Beppe Grillo
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 15 January 14:55

Digital populism in Italy.

T S Eliot and Valerie Eliot in 1958 (Getty Images)
"Stag's Leap" wins T S Eliot's poetry prize
By Rae Boocock - 14 January 18:01

Sharon Olds becomes the first American woman to win the prestigious poetry award.

Opera going south
By Alexandra Coghlan - 14 January 16:50

A Peckham production of "Dido and Aeneas" is not quite bold enough

In the Frame: Vows
By Tom Humberstone - 14 January 16:31

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

A picture of Philip Larkin leaving Westminster Abbey
Philip Larkin on the life of his greatest influence, Thomas Hardy
By Philip Larkin - 11 January 14:21

Larkin piece republished on the anniversary of Hardy's death.

Sean Lock
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 11 January 12:45

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Maybe The Reason Tarantino Shut KGM's Butt Down Was Because He's Been Asked The Same Question For 20 Years
By Alex Hern - 11 January 10:46

Watch Tarantino say no again and again and again when asked about the relationship between film and real life violence.

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 10 January 14:59

Ryan Gilbey on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Douglas Hurd on David Hannay, George Saunders interviewed and Kate Mossman discusses Les Misérables.

Ben Affleck, director of Argo (Getty Images)
Snubs, surprises and Ben Affleck
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 January 14:54

And why the Baftas will always be the Oscars' too keen little brother

A screenshot from Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master
2013 Oscar nominations in full
By Philip Maughan - 10 January 13:04

Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone announce this year’s nominees

Morrissey: "I nearly voted for UKIP"
By Rob Pollard - 10 January 12:51

The singer unburdened himself in a recent interview with Loaded.

Photograph of new edition of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
The other George Orwell
By Philip Maughan - 09 January 17:42

A stylish new series from Penguin further obscures the early novels

New Statesman
Reviews Round-up
By new-statesman - 07 January 17:11

The critics' verdicts on Richard Davenport-Hines, Mark Binelli and George Saunders.

New Statesman
Scene of the Crime: back in print at last
By Alex Hern - 06 January 10:45

The NS comics review

New Statesman
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 04 January 15:49

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Gérard Depardieu
Putin welcomes tax exile Depardieu with open arms
By Hannah Meltzer - 03 January 17:13

Putin has offered Gérard Depardieu an escape route from Hollande's 75 per cent tax by granting him Russian nationality.

Black Rhinos
Review: David Attenborough's Africa
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner - 03 January 16:07

David Attenborough's latest series shows we're not so different from the beasts.

In the Frame: Mind Tricks
By Tom Humberstone - 03 January 13:05

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

 Hilary Mantel. Portrait by Leonie Hampton
Hilary Mantel wins again
By Hannah Meltzer - 02 January 16:31

The Costa Book awards herald its first all-female shortlist and graphic work winner.