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The New Statesman Century

To celebrate one hundred years of the New Statesman, we have published a comprehensive anthology of the best and boldest writing from our archive.

The New Statesman Century is a superb selection of the best political and cultural writing of the last hundred years.

You can now own it in a single digital edition, available from Amazon. It contains hundreds of articles not to be found anywhere else, including...

  • Christopher Hitchens' final interview, conducted by Richard Dawkins
  • H G Wells’s notorious interview with Joseph Stalin from 1934
  • Philip Larkin on the “addictive excitement” of a public library
  • An early excerpt from Christopher Isherwood’s diaries as he travelled around China with W H Auden
  • Christabel Pankhurst on the suffragette movement
  • George Orwell on London’s poor
  • Bertrand Russell’s open letter to General Eisenhower and Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War (plus their astonishing replies)
  • J B Priestley’s “Britain and the Nuclear Bombs”, the furious article that launched CND
  • C P Snow’s famous “Two Cultures” essay

...as well as contributions by Virginia Woolf, Hugh Grant, Eric Hobsbawm, Julian Barnes, Gore Vidal, Graham Greene, Rebecca West, E M Forster, D H Lawrence, Seamus Heaney, T S Eliot and John Maynard Keynes – plus landmark interviews and profiles of Tony Blair, Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher, Mahatma Gandhi, and Winston Churchill.


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