Word Games: Market
By Sophie Elmhirst - 25 October 16:50

There was an intriguing sentence in the letter sent to the Telegraph by all those mighty businessmen recently.

The NS Interview: Bill Bryson
By Jon Bernstein - 25 October 9:04

“Have you ever seen Glenn Beck in operation? It’s terrifying”

No money? No problem
By Michael Brooks - 21 October 8:17

Scientists of Britain, it's time to stop whining. When the government did the figures, it realised something profound. We don't need funding - we've got the best brains in the world.

A minotaur in the maze
By Michael Rosen - 19 October 9:13

Ted Hughes's "Last letter" leaves the mystery unsolved.

The age of scientific discovery is over
By Michael Brooks - 18 October 9:09

This month, scientists based in Britain have won two Nobel Prizes — but the celebrations have been m

That’s what Machiavelli can teach us
By Jonathan Powell - 18 October 9:06

Blair had the rare combination of luck, courage and instinct that guides all great leaders to succes

Could Clegg and Cameron end up expanding the state?
By Daniel Trilling - 16 October 15:26

John Gray assesses the fortunes of the coalition.

Word Games: Quango
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 October 15:55

Probably the most unfortunate aspect of the word "quango" is the way it rhymes so perfectly with "tango".

Democracy, according to the Greeks
By Mary Beard - 14 October 9:26

Many modern historians have a rose-tinted view of ancient Athenian democracy. But behind the show of

The NS Interview: Tracy Emin
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 October 9:21

"I don’t need a life model, I am my life model”

Gore Vidal interviewed by Melvyn Bragg
By Melvyn Bragg - 14 October 9:15

Melvyn Bragg talks to one of the great men of American letters about politics, literature and living.

Finishing schools for gilded youth?
By Chris Bertram - 13 October 11:08

Arts and humanities after the Browne review.

Leader: Voices from the Great World
By Melvyn Bragg - 07 October 8:09

We got a copy of the New Statesman at my grammar school in Wigton, Cumbria, in the 1950s. It sat mint fresh every week on the library table, with two or three other bargain-offer magazines.

Ed quietly takes up Tony’s mantle
By Simon Reid-Henry - 01 October 16:08

Tony Judt’s, that is.

Word Games: Austerity
By Sophie Elmhirst - 24 September 12:49

Autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and the party conference. If there's one thing a party conference is not, it's mellow. More like: sweaty, gossipy, overpopulated, guff-prone and ego-fuelled.

Edmund Wilson and the persistence of hope
By Lesley Chamberlain - 23 September 9:58

The American critic’s masterpiece on the roots of communism — <em>To the Finland Station</em> — cont

By Sophie Elmhirst - 17 September 9:17

Not any kind of tapping. Phone-tapping. Pour shame on my head, I get quite excited by the idea of phone-tapping.

Great Ideas - Series Five
By Robert Hanks - 13 September 8:25

The idealistic view of Great Ideas - slim paperback volumes of philosophy, polemic, essays, belles-lettres - is that the existence of the series demonstrates that Penguin has not abandoned Allen Lane's notion, now 75

What Ever Happened to Modernism?
By Michael Sayeau - 13 September 8:25

It's been a long time since a work of academic literary criticism has generated the buzz of newspaper-driven controversy, but Gabriel Josipovici's What Ever Happened to Modernism? seems to have broken the media embarg

Human Chain
By Jeremy Noel-Tod - 13 September 8:25

In Sense and Sensibility, the favourite poet of passionate young Marianne Dashwood is William Cowper. His "beautiful lines", she declares, have "frequently almost driven me wild".

I'm game if you are
By Michael Brooks - 09 September 8:15

Pairing people off can have some nasty and unexpected side effects. Occasionally, it works: Torvill and Dean spring to mind, as do Crick and Watson.

Matt Ridley on John Gray
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 08 September 18:50

Former Northern Rock chairman responds to the NS's lead book reviewer.

What if . . . The Liberals hadn't split
By Dominic Sandbrook - 07 September 8:56

Reading a review copy of Roy Hattersley's new life of David Lloyd George last week, I fell to wondering whether history could have worked out differently.

Laurie Penny on The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo: Girls, tattoos and men who hate women
By Laurie Penny - 05 September 11:47

The real problem with sensationalising misogyny is that misogyny is not sensational.

The social democracy of fear
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 September 13:12

John Gray on Ralph Miliband.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 03 September 10:16

My iPhone broke, so I went to the Genius Bar at the Apple store. (Too much brand terminology; my apologies.) They're not shy, Apple, are they?

There’s nowt so queer as folk revivalists
By Will Self - 30 August 11:07

Broadstairs, the Isle of Thanet, a frowsty sort of an evening in early August, with shadows forming within shadows down the high street - a run of chip shops, chain stores and charity shops that steepens into a ski jump, which

By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 August 11:03

Decisiveness is generally well regarded, as character traits go. It denotes maturity and leadership.

Who was Ralph Miliband?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 30 August 9:55

Ed and David Miliband's father is remembered as a great teacher, devoted to politics as a means of creating social justice, instrumental to the development of the British left.

Something in the water
By Michael Brooks - 26 August 8:21

The astronomer Arthur Eddington once pointed out that where most people see a coffee table, physicists see an area of empty space criss-crossed by ghostly subatomic particles whose electrical and magnetic fields keep books and