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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23 January 2012
George F Kennan: an American LifeJohn Lewis GaddisAllen Lane, 800pp, £30“This whole tendency to see ourselves as...
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12 December 2011
Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order Philip Coggan Allen Lane, 304pp, £20 "I wasn't...
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10 November 2011
Grand Pursuit: the Story of Economic Genius Sylvia NasarFourth Estate, 558pp, £25Assessing the state of economics as he...
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06 October 2011
On Hitchens
Film
12 September 2011
On JG Ballard
Politics
08 September 2011
The 11 September 2001 attacks were a new kind of warfare. Waged by small, decentralised, highly mobile groups not...
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15 August 2011
As a child, Elias Canetti treasured Robinson Crusoe. The author of Auto da Fé (1935), the nightmarish story of a self-...
Culture
18 July 2011
Titus Awakes: the Lost Book of Gormenghast Maeve Gilmore, based on a fragment by Mervyn PeakeVintage, 288pp, £7....
Culture
09 June 2011
Death in Florence: the Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance CityPaul StrathernJonathan...
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27 April 2011
For those who still subscribe to the orthodoxy of "two cultures" (and there are many), science and...
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14 April 2011
Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties Robert Irwin Profile Books, 288pp, £14.99"It was in my first...
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31 March 2011
The New North: the World in 2050 Laurence C SmithProfile Books, 336pp, £20It is easier to know what cannot be than to...
Culture
10 February 2011
At one time ranked among Britain's most influential scientists, the crystallographer J D Bernal (1901-71) recognised no...
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20 January 2011
How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism Eric HobsbawmLittle, Brown, 480pp, £25Eric Hobsbawm begins this...

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