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.
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.
If the Blairites are beached in the past, Jeremy Corbyn addresses a non-existent world.
The Black Mirror and The Worm at the Core reveal the human obsession with, and denial of, our mortality.
Joseph Goebbels embraced barbarism to escape the chaos of his time.
A great philosophical love affair - and the economist fascinated by it.
Ed Miliband wanted to govern a land that doesn’t exist. If his successors seek to change Britain, they must first be ready to understand it.
Insanity was "a disease of civilisation".
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?