Erica Wagner is a New Statesman contributing writer and a judge of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. A former literary editor of the Times, her books include Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of “Birthday Letters” and Seizure.
Jacqueline Woodson’s beautiful new coming-of-age novel reminds us that it is not just our romantic relationships which define us.
Auster’s epic new novel of immigration, politics and consciousness has a protagonist with four alternative lives.
Lay Down Your Weary Tune by W B Belcher reminds us what a good setting the folk scene can be – and what rich characters you can place in it.
Solomon’s gifts are so wide-ranging it can be hard not to believe he comes from an earlier century.
Erica Wager reviews Tim Harford's Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World.
A Goldsmiths Prize judge on the third Irish winner of the award for innovative fiction, run in association with the New Statesman.
Safran Foer is as known for his character as for his works. What a shame, when Here I Am is such a mature, multilayered novel.
In the age of the Kardashians and compulsive self-revelation, it is ever more important that art be allowed to speak for itself.
Learning to live with epilepsy.
Brendan King's new biography of the much-loved novelist cuts through the myth – and gets to the true sensation.
Across the political spectrum, the New Statesman introduces you to the personalities who shape our world. Where else would you find Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair and Theresa May in the same place?