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16 December 2010

In The Critics: Christmas special

Margaret Drabble, Simon Callow, The xx, Richard Dawkins and more . . .

By Staff Blogger

In the New Statesman‘s 2010 Christmas Special, which is now in shops, the Critics section boasts an embarrassment of riches.

We have a new short story by Margaret Drabble, “The Isles of the Blessed”; Simon Callow recounts the tortured genesis of Charles Dickens‘s darkly brilliant novel Martin Chuzzlewit; Jude Rogers interviews the Mercury Prize-winners The xx; the novelist Yiyun Li reveals her love affair with Montaigne; and Richard Dawkins argues that the cultural legacy of the King James Bible, now approaching its 400th anniversary, is too important to be left only to the religious.

Plus, we have columns from all our usual award-winning critics, including Andrew Billen on Derek Jacobi as King Lear, John Gray on Gordon Brown‘s Beyond the Crash, and picks of the best Christmas TV and radio from Rachel Cooke and Antonia Quirke.

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