In the Critics this week

Björk on the radio, Chris Mullin and Virginia Woolf's new biography.

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In this week's issue of the New Statesman, our critic at large is editor Jason Cowley who argues that John le Carré's novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy- released today in a film adaptation- is an elegy for England and not just a cold war whodunnit. Ryan Gilbey praises the documentary Page One: a Year Inside the New York Times and Peter Watts enjoys an exhibition about Jewish performers in Britain. Plus: the Books Interview with Chris Mullin, Robert Skidelsky reviews Alistair Darling's memoir Back from the Brink, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel, Nazi Agent is reviewed by Marina Benjamin and Rachel Bowlby looks at Alexandra Harris's new biography of Virginia Woolf. Elsewhere, Antonia Quirke reports on a radio interview with Björk and Will Self finds himself surrounded by ticket-collectors and bar staff.