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Erica Wagner is New Statesman contributing writer. A former literary editor of the Times, she has twice judged the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent book is Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge.
Two new books capture the resilient spirit of New York City – and the people who call it home.
The life and legacy of the poet and New Statesman literary editor, who has died at the age of 90.
What is most disturbing in Blake Bailey’s biography is not Roth’s behaviour, but his biographer’s apparently unthinking alignment with it.
Alexandria falls into the now well-established genre of “cli-fi” novels: dystopias that engage directly with the hell we are calling upon ourselves as temperatures rise and ice melts.
A doctor's odyssey is a reminder of the trials and wonders of solitude.
A new exhibition at the British Museum reveals the power – and the precariousness – of the Arctic.
A new study of the destruction of knowledge explores how societies depend on fragile archives.
The novel begins in 1967, in the clubs of London's psychedelic music scene, as the band find their groove amid the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
Paris was first published one hundred years ago by Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press – two years before TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses.
A new poem from Erica Wagner.