Mary Gaitskill's new novel presents an agonising world of "nice" and "nasty", where moral choice is always constrained.
Welcome to the New Statesman's literacy week, discussing literature and literacy from policy to practice.
A Nobel laureate captures the beginning of the “age of disasters”.
This American memoir is a portrait not only of marriage and motherhood, but of gender identity in flux.
From sound aesthetic to Finnegans Wake, a new book explores Tolkien's relationship to language.
A significant portion of the Harry Potter series is devoted to critiquing the invasions of a surveillance state.
The Hidden Histories podcast.
On the pop culture podcast this week: BBC drama The A Word, the first novel in Barbara Mertz’ Amelia Peabody series and crime drama Luther.
Margaret Forster's posthumous novel has much to admire – from its tragicomic opening chapters to the authenticity of its unusual protagonist.
Steve Jones' new book is an ingenious tour of scientific innovation in the age of the guillotine.
Ricky Jay, himself a great magician, has produced a remarkable portrait of an extraordinary man – Buchinger was just 29 inches tall, and was born without hands or feet.
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