Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Culture
4 December 2019updated 14 Jul 2021 9:39am

NS Recommends: new books from Nicholas Lezard, William Cash and Meena Kandasamy

By New Statesman

It Gets Worse 
Nicholas Lezard

Readers of this magazine will be aware that for Nicholas Lezard, author of the weekly “Down and Out” column, there is always further down and out for him to go: rock bottom is really just the top of a scree slope. It Gets Worse is his second collection of columns and indeed, since he wrote the title, things have already got worse. Lezard’s travails – financial, romantic, existential – have a there-but-for-the grace-of-God fascination, but without his wry and self-aware humour they would simply be dispiriting. His gift is to make misery and a malign fate diverting.
Salt Publishing, 272pp, £9.99

Restoration Heart 
William Cash

This is the story of two wrecks. One is Upton Cressett, a down-on-its-luck manor house in Shropshire; the other is its châtelain, William Cash. When he took on the task of restoring the house, Cash, a journalist and editor, was 43, twice-divorced and in need of fixing too. As he recounts his two rebuildings he drops a lot of names along the way – including Boris Johnson and a shared love interest. But despite his numerous connections Cash is not immune to trouble and heartbreak, about which he writes frankly. These passages give the book an unexpected poignancy.
Constable, 416pp, £20

Exquisite Cadavers
Meena Kandasamy

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

Reviewers of Meena Kandasamy’s second novel, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, conflated the book’s fiction with Kandasamy’s biography. The author’s innovative way of grappling with that misunderstanding is, in her third book, to query truths, realities and literary origins in a conversation with herself that runs in the margins alongside her fiction. As Karim and Maya, the young couple at the heart of the novel, approach a crossroad in their lives, their pending decisions work in dialogue with Kandasamy’s astute metafictional observations.
Atlantic Books, 112pp, £5.99

Content from our partners
The truth about employability
Why we need a Minister for Citizen Experience
Powering careers that secure our net zero future

Topics in this article :

This article appears in the 04 Dec 2019 issue of the New Statesman, What we want