John Gray is the New Statesman's lead book reviewer. His latest book is "The Immortalisation Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death (Penguin, £9.99).

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14 February 2000
Although they are commonly bracketed together, it is hard to think of two more antithetical writers than J R Tolkien...
24 January 2000
The idea that the United Kingdom is an ancien regime on the edge of break-up is becoming commonplace, uniting...
22 November 1999
In his last years, Willie Whitelaw began to worry that there would be serious trouble over fox-hunting. He couldn't...
23 August 1999
In The Scientific Outlook, a virtually forgotten book he published in the early 1930s, Bertrand Russell inquired what...
Food and Drink
10 May 1999
Derelict airfields, drained swimming pools, encroaching sand dunes, mangled cars, drowned cities - if these images...
09 April 1999
A great American poet, John Ashbery, wrote that tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted. He put his finger on our real...
19 February 1999
If it is true that we are all liberals now, what liberalism means today is anyone's guess. There is little consensus on...
20 November 1998
Nietzsche wrote somewhere that all philosophy is involuntary biography. It is hard to think of a philosopher of whom...