In the Critics this week

Steve Jobs' biography, Channel 4's Top Boy and Sherlock Holmes.

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In this week's issue of the New Statesman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary journalist Michael Dirda writes about how Sherlock Holmes' worldwide popularity has overshadowed Arthur Conan Doyle's other excellent works. Doyle's "lively essays, memoirs and non-fiction ... [address] such social and political themes as religious doubt, women's rights and even Middle East terrorism."

In the Books Interview, Stephanie Cross talks to Joan Didion about her new novel, Blue Nights. John Gray reviews Grand Pursuit: the Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar, Helen Lewis-Hasteley reviews Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs and Justin Beplate reviews The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941-1956.

Plus: Auke Hulst reports from Japan on what Haruki Murakami means to the Japanese and "The Sway of a Coastal Pine Tree", a poem by John Kinsella. Elsewhere: Rachel Cooke on Channel 4's Top Boy, the NS theatre critic Andrew Billen finds the play Marat/Sade too eager to shock, Alexandra Coghlan praises a tribute to Beethoven and Will Self on Mother Theresa.