Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Culture
20 April 2011
You spent a year becoming the US memory champion. Was that always the plan?No. The book started as a magazine article...
Books
20 April 2011
You'll have to imagine Dave Eggers. He tells me, in the interview that we conduct through one exchange of emails, that...
Culture
20 April 2011
When I was about 11 years old I had a picture of the American flag on my wall. At that time, the witching hour between...
The Staggers
17 April 2011
It was inevitable: two weeks away from the royal wedding and the British media has succumbed. If you are sick of...
The Staggers
16 April 2011
Best election moments
The Staggers
11 April 2011
The first to break ranks was P J Crowley, a state department spokesman, who last month denounced the Pentagon's...
Culture
07 April 2011
Boy, do the Americans know how to christen a war. Odyssey Dawn is the latest in a theatrical line of military operation...
Cultural Capital
06 April 2011
In the Sixties, Andre Previn was that rare thing, a superstar conductor. Back then, his orchestra was the LSO, in an...
Culture
31 March 2011
Nuclear" is, to borrow a marketing phrase, a high-impact word. It implies power or destruction on a grand scale,...
Ideas
24 March 2011
A recent Gallup poll asked people in different countries how happy they were. Denmark won the race, with 82 per cent of...
Books
24 March 2011
You say a book on the popes has been at the back of your mind for 25 years. What made you finally write it?Suddenly I...
Culture
17 March 2011
I saw my first daffodil this morning. My heart sank. I know it is customary at this time of year to leap about in a...
Culture
11 March 2011
Great House is in part a novel about writing. What made you write about your craft?One of the things I have written...
Culture
11 March 2011
Libya has become a "hellish" place, according to people recently evacuated from that country. Eyewitnesses...
International Politics
06 March 2011
The spotlight has been on Julian Assange, but the 23-year-old accused of leaking US secrets to WikiLeaks, is held in...

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