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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Politics
26 April 2004
The announcement by Spain's new prime minister, Jose Luis RodrIguez Zapatero, that Spanish troops will be withdrawn...
Culture
09 February 2004
In Kafka's story "A Report to an Academy", an ape called Red Peter delivers a lecture to a learned society in which he...
Culture
02 February 2004
Harold Shipman hasn't quite made it as an icon of evil. The nondescript doctor who murdered dozens, maybe hundreds, of...
Economics
15 December 2003
Recalling a congress of communist writers that he attended in the 1930s, Arthur Koestler described how a simple...
Politics
10 November 2003
Francis Bacon once remarked that he voted for the right because it makes the best of a bad job. Like many of the...
Politics
06 October 2003
Tony Blair will never make a mark on history comparable to that left by Margaret Thatcher. Setting out to devise a...
Books
08 September 2003
''The city was a vast and stationary carousel, forever boarded by millions of would-be passengers who took their seats...
Law
08 September 2003
The crowds milling gently around Charing Cross Station when the power failed did not look too worried. Many seemed to...
International Politics
04 August 2003
Many who opposed the war in Iraq now demand that the country be placed under international administration. They believe...
Ideas
14 July 2003
Chance led E O Wilson to the studies that made him one of the greatest scientific thinkers of our age. Born in 1929, he...
Books
14 July 2003
With politicians and the media working us all into a panic about the threat of global terror, it is worth remembering...
Books
30 June 2003
In 1942, Patricia Highsmith wrote in her diary: "The abnormal point of view is always the best for depicting 20th-...

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