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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09 June 2011
Death in Florence: the Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance CityPaul StrathernJonathan...
27 April 2011
For those who still subscribe to the orthodoxy of "two cultures" (and there are many), science and...
14 April 2011
Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties Robert Irwin Profile Books, 288pp, £14.99"It was in my first...
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...
10 February 2011
At one time ranked among Britain's most influential scientists, the crystallographer J D Bernal (1901-71) recognised no...
20 January 2011
How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism Eric HobsbawmLittle, Brown, 480pp, £25Eric Hobsbawm begins this...
29 December 2010
Not many books written by former prime ministers have much serious intellectual content. If Gordon Brown's account of...
29 December 2010
Oddly enough (for a reviewer), my chief resolution is to read more. I'd love to find the time to reread Ford Madox Ford...
09 December 2010
G K Chesterton is first and foremost an Edwardian writer. In that era, as now, most people wanted to believe in some...
04 November 2010
Thirty years ago the east meant communism. The cold war was a struggle between two political blocs, each of which...
04 October 2010
"With higher wages for the working classes, access to affordable housing, free health care, free higher education...
20 September 2010
When François Mitterrand visited China in 1961, Mao Zedong mocked reports of famine in the country. There was no famine...
02 August 2010
Before the run on Northern Rock, practically nobody imagined that the banking system could crash. Financial...
19 July 2010
John Gray on her influence on US government.