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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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...
Law
08 September 2003
The crowds milling gently around Charing Cross Station when the power failed did not look too worried. Many seemed to...
Books
08 September 2003
''The city was a vast and stationary carousel, forever boarded by millions of would-be passengers who took their seats...
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-...
Ideas
23 June 2003
In the film The Matrix a character called Agent Smith asks: "Did you know that the First Matrix was designed to be a...
Economics
19 May 2003
A referendum on the euro is unlikely before the next election, mainly because Tony Blair, having survived a real risk...
World Affairs
21 April 2003
When Donald Rumsfeld declared that peace could be achieved only by unconditional surrender he revealed a crucial flaw...
Culture
21 April 2003
I was once taken to task by a well-known American philosopher, who, in response to a less than wholly favourable review...

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