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
03 December 2001
Outside of a small circle of devotees, J C Powys is the only one of the three Powys brothers who is widely read today....
Food and Drink
15 October 2001
In his marvellous compendium of the higher gossip, Our Age, Noel Annan argues that Michael Young was "the most original...
Politics
24 September 2001
The dozen years between the fall of the Wall and the assault on the Twin Towers will be remembered as an era of...
Culture
20 August 2001
Imagining how the peasants might have looked as they came back from working in the fields in Etruscan times, D H...
Food and Drink
28 May 2001
"Fernando Pessoa, strictly speaking, doesn't exist." These words were written by Alvaro de Campos, naval engineer,...
Food and Drink
23 April 2001
When Michael Oakeshott attacked rationalism in politics, he could not have foreseen that the Conservative Party would...
Books
05 February 2001
Twenty years ago, in the dining clubs and think-tanks of the new right, there was a saying: Labour will never rule...
Books
27 November 2000
Sinister. That is how Isaiah Berlin described Graham Greene when, in a conversation not long before Berlin's death, I...
Culture
18 September 2000
Globalisation has become a catchword for everything that is wrong, and right, about the world today. It is a mantra for...
Culture
11 September 2000
Seventy-odd years ago, Paul Valery wrote that Europe aspires to being ruled by an American Commission. As seen by...
Books
10 July 2000
Writing on economics tends to mirror the fortunes of the economy. Today, a 20-year boom in stock prices has produced a...
Books
19 June 2000
The novels for which Patricia Highsmith is likely to be remembered were published in the 1950s and 1960s, but they...
Politics
24 April 2000
When Wall Street is hit by panic selling, a huge political investment in the global market begins to slump as well....
Food and Drink
20 March 2000
When Margaret Thatcher came to power, she was equipped with few of the ideas that others, some years later, came to...
Food and Drink
14 February 2000
Although they are commonly bracketed together, it is hard to think of two more antithetical writers than J R Tolkien...

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