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23 December 2013updated 26 Sep 2015 9:46am

Editor’s picks: Jason Cowley on the best pieces from 2013

The New Statesman editor selects some of his favourite reviews, essays and comment published in the magazine in 2013 - from John Gray on Edmund Burke to Will Self's tribute to pessimism.

By Jason Cowley

One of the many pleasures of being editor of the New Statesman is the opportunity it allows to commission and publish writers I admire writing about subjects that interest me.

Let’s call it a higher form of self-indulgence. Anyway, here are 25 articles published in the New Statesman in 2013 which are worth reading if you missed them. If you didn’t, they are worth reading again.

John Gray – “What Machiavelli Knew” (July)

John Bew on Alex Ferguson – “The last great Briton” (December)

Hedley Twiddle – “The last days of Nelson Mandela” (October)

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Jemima Khan on Julian Assange – “How the Wikileaks founder alienated his allies” (February)

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Michael Barrett on the remarkable travels of David Livingstone – “Presumed innocent” (July)

Vince Cable on the Great Stagnation – “When the facts change, should I change my mind?” (March)

John Gray on Edmund Burke and the Tories – “History has no author” (May)

Brendan Simms on the German Problem – “Cracked heart of the old world” (March)

Robert Skidelsky – “Creative Destruction: Keynes, Hobson, Marx – and the crisis of capitalism” (May)

Will Self – “In praise of pessimism” (April)

Peter Wilby – “A Dissenting Tradition: the New Statesman and the left”

Simon Heffer – “Margaret Thatcher was not right-wing” (May)

Richard Mabey – Writing on nature

Ian Bremmer From G20 to G-Zero – “Why no one wants to take charge in the new global order” (June)

John Bew On the Geopolitics of the Syrian War – “Las Vegas rules don’t apply in Syria” and “The west humiliated” (July and September)

Rachel Cusk – “On narcissim: the mirror and the self” (August)

Danny Dorling – “Why aren’t young people working?” (August)

Simon Kuper – “I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ghetto superstar” (September)

John Bew – “Clement Attlee: An unromantic hero” (September)

David Marquand on Britain and the EU – “First Brexit, then break-up” (October)

Steven Poole – “The pseudo-profundity of Malcolm Gladwell” (October)

David Pilling – “Shinzo Abe’s second coming” (October)

Russell Brand on revolution – “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” (October)

Rupert Everett – “Bring on the guillotine: Rupert Everett on the gay rights revolution” (October)

Bryan Appleyard – “Is this the death of Apple?” (November)

And here’s something by me – “Eton Eternal: How the old ruling class became the new ruling class” (May)