Why are the overwhelming majority of dads still choosing to go back to work after one or two weeks and leave mums holding the baby?
"Nutcracker", he said, looking back over his shoulder and winking at me.
Have you heard of Gavin? You should have: he's internationally famous. For his parents, though, it can be a struggle.
Hanan al-Hroub was a poorly paid teacher on the West Bank. Then she won the $1m Global Teacher Prize.
For the choristers at Salisbury cathedral, Christmas is the busiest time of year.
My selective memory, the merciless onslaught of news, and Christmas brain rehab.
Santa hats, reindeer horns, and why Jeremy Corbyn should watch ET.
On a visit to the conflict-riven country I get a glimpse of its hidden treasures and a wide view of the country’s destruction.
In an age of reaction, it is tempting for liberals to lapse into defeatism. They should not.
The central irrationality inside sport is the dread of looking conspicuously wrong, which is even more powerful than wanting to be proved right.
It's tempting to move on from 2016 as soon as possible. But before we do, let's hand out the awards for the best political moments of the year.
Somewhere beneath all the weird language, Darth Vader and the Three Kings, there is God incarnate.
The week in the media, from Boris Johnson’s calculated gaffes to Russia’s election meddling – and climate concerns
Both leaders offered a rupture with their parties’ past. But there has been greater continuity than anticipated.
For six decades, the Welsh artist's savage cartoons have thrilled, angered and shocked readers. He is not done yet.
Zimbabwe is engulfed, and not only by a political crisis. While its leaders fight, its economy is in meltdown.
2016 was a wild political year. Thank goodness it’s over.
Grab your pen and paper for this year's New Statesman quiz.
The box set has elevated the television series into a work of art. Stephen King, Roddy Doyle, Rose Tremain, Clive James, Lionel Shriver and more pick their favourites.
Remainers are paralysed by fear of leaving the EU. But it offers huge opportunities for change, on both left and right.
The singer on Donald Trump, grass-roots rebellion and why Jeremy Corbyn can't win.
On a visit to Prague, Jeremy Corbyn opens up on Donald Trump, Russian war crimes, Brexit woes, anti-Semitism and the promised socialist transformation.
Hope and terror on a winter walk.
Vulgar Tongues: an Alternative History of English Slang gathers material from a mind-boggling range of sources – but still leaves you wanting more.
How we think about the natural world matters – which is why the rich metaphors in The Hidden Life of Trees are so important.
Immigration presents us with a moral and political quandary. Can two new books help us decide what to do?
True Detective was the equivalent of four movies bolted together and it held the viewer inexorably.
The series is exceptional because it features a predominantly female cast who exist in a micro-universe of woman-centredness. But that's not the only boundary it breaks.
Watching it now, I am reminded how valuable it is to encounter art repeatedly: some things give up their full meaning slowly.
Every episode is crammed with story, side to side and top to bottom.
How Star Trek could have averted the global financial crash, eradicated racism and kept Britain out of the Iraq War.
Solomon’s gifts are so wide-ranging it can be hard not to believe he comes from an earlier century.
Like the historical fiction of Hillary Mantel and Ali Smith, Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First investigates, more than anything, what it means to be a woman and write.
"I’d forgotten that Bowie had ever recorded that song, and with Bing Crosby of all people."
A new poem by Simon Armitage.
As the end of the year approaches, Kate Mossman rounds up the best new releases.
Don't know what to watch this Christmas? Our film critic rounds up his picks of the year.
"I hurd the storie & I tolde it back, / god-gifted, to spyce up the craic"
Stuck on what to watch over Christmas? Our critic rounds up her picks of the year.
An exciting new guard of Irish writers have set the literary world ablaze. But where does that leave the old guard? Barry's Days Without End provides some answers.
Marcus Sedgwick's Snow doesn't just tell us the science of the white stuff – it explores its place in our culture.
Rachel Reeves was the second woman to represent Leeds in parliament. Now, she's written a book about the first.
Avoid the hassle of taking a highlighter to the Radio Times – plan your viewing now with my guide to the best Christmas television.
I can think of no better way to hear out a grim year than listening to Eliot's poetry. It's how I'll be spending New Year's Day.
This labour of love from the legendary director is no more a movie than a pile of ingredients is a picnic.
Pick-outs, flash gits and performance-enhancing underwear – it’s time to look back on the season.
Linda the landlady has gone, and even a stack of New Scientist magazines doesn't cheer me up. There's nothing for it but to look back.
A strange, embattled year it’s been, but here we still are.
The average Briton puts away 27 mince pies in the run up to Christmas. So why are my friends texting me vomit emojis?
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