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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Books
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...
Books
20 January 2011
How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism Eric HobsbawmLittle, Brown, 480pp, £25Eric Hobsbawm begins this...
Books
29 December 2010
Not many books written by former prime ministers have much serious intellectual content. If Gordon Brown's account of...
Lifestyle
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...
Books
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...
Politics
04 November 2010
Thirty years ago the east meant communism. The cold war was a struggle between two political blocs, each of which...
Culture
04 October 2010
"With higher wages for the working classes, access to affordable housing, free health care, free higher education...
Books
20 September 2010
When François Mitterrand visited China in 1961, Mao Zedong mocked reports of famine in the country. There was no famine...
Culture
02 August 2010
Before the run on Northern Rock, practically nobody imagined that the banking system could crash. Financial...
Economics
19 July 2010
John Gray on her influence on US government.
Ideas
14 June 2010
"We are all philosophers here where I am, and we debate among other things the question of where it is that we...
Books
25 April 2010
At a time when many fear a return to the political deadlock and industrial conflict of Britain a generation ago, Niall...

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