Anna Leszkiewicz is the New Statesman's deputy culture editor.
Akhavan gently teases her characters, where a lazier comedy would rely on straightforward mockery.
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill offer fresh, convincing performances as two people who see themselves as fundamentally broken.
Over the past decade, Swift has navigated a changing political climate with considerable, if decreasing, deftness.
Accusations of domestic abuse, the cover implies, are dangerous – and a little sexy. Put a hat and some cowboy boots on them, and you’ve got yourself a GQ cover star!
In 2016, just as The Essex Serpent was being published, novelist Sarah Perry was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. Now, she’s publishing her darkest novel yet.
Having chopped off that feminine last syllable and most of her hair, “Chris” places the body at the centre of an album grappling with gender, sexuality and desire.
Comer’s turn as Villanelle is a piercing jolt of a performance that hits you like a hairpin to the eyeball.
The 27-year-old Booker-nominated author, hailed as the voice of millennial fiction, discusses the success of her second novel, Normal People.
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus are all fresh from making critically acclaimed albums.
The longlisted debut novelists range from an established poet to a first-time author.