John Gray is the New Statesman’s lead book reviewer. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom.
Jihadis, spectacular mass-casualty attacks and the myth of an apocalyptic new world order.
In The Man in the High Castle – now a hit Amazon series – Philip K Dick imagines a Nazi America and a world of infinite realities.
Simenon is often read as a writer who offers no hope, yet preached a doctrine of cool serenity which is ultimately liberating.
The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?
How the musician came to be a digital presence in the lives of millions.
Liberals often worry about the need to protect citizens from the state. Yet in the age of global terror, the risk posed by failed states is by far the greater danger.
We can’t know when the next famine will occur, but it will be a by-product of war and politics.
By the time he stands down, David Cameron's Britain will be neo-Georgian – a country that is, in effect, governed by a coterie of wealthy families competing for power.
The sceptical doubt that infuses Conrad’s work – particularly his last great novel, Victory – has to do with the human world, which he believed was moved by illusions.
As Britain’s imperial elite dissolved, the charming double agent clung to his precious badge of identity: an Old Etonian tie.