Bumper Xmas and New Year issue of the New Statesman

Next week's magazine will be a bumper, 100-page special issue of the magazine, with all our renowned writers, plus an array of unmissable features for the festive season.

We have two spectacular short stories, from Giles Foden and Helen Oyeyemi. And Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish writer, has provided a stunning essay.

Our arts section kicks off with an exclusive piece by Philip Pullman on William Blake, while the lead feature in our books section is a vivid contribution from Ursula Le Guin. Our arts critics, meanwhile, assess the best and the worst in television, film, theatre and music in 2006.

We will have three definitive reviews of the year. Our award-winning political editor, Martin Bright, reflects on Westminster; Peter Wilby picks out the bad and even worse in the media, while Clive Stafford Smith reflects on justice and human rights.

We will announce the winner of our Person of the Year, and also choose the person to watch in 2007. Our traditional Christmas fare includes our popular annual quiz and other competitions.

All this and much more, at the end of a remarkable year of awards and sales increases for the New Statesman. Don't forget also to visit our brand-new website, launched last month to great acclaim.

As for 2007, watch this space for new features and announcements. Happy holiday!

John Kampfner, Editor

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