Kate Forbes: The Rooted Nomad

​Will the SNP’s Kate Forbes ultimately be forced to choose between politics and God?

December 6 2023 / The New Statesman

Wayne Barnes: sport, the courtroom and social media hate

As an international rugby referee, the English lawyer has faced sustained abuse and death threats. Now he is fighting back against the negligence of the tech giants

December 1 2023 / The New Statesman

Carlos Alcaraz: the future of men's tennis is here, and now

The multidimensional Spanish player is a talent for the ages

July 15 2023 / The Sunday Times

Rachel Reeves: The Reeves Doctrine

She is ready to be Britain’s first female chancellor of the Exchequer.
But will Rachel Reeves’ caution stifle her creativity?

June 7 2023 / The New Statesman

Andy Murray: Unbreakable

The Scottish tennis player has achieved a late-career grandeur

January 21 2023 / The New Statesman

Paul Johnson: from radical to reactionary

​The former New Statesman editor who came to hate the Left

January 18 2023 / The New Statesman

Munira Mirza: out of Downing Street and into the world

Munira Mirza, once known as “Boris Johnson’s brain”, is a liberal contrarian whose views have been widely condemned. But now in her new role she wants to avoid controversy and change the way we do politics

November 9 2022 / The New Statesman

Bryan Magee: Pensées

The philosopher who never stopped asking ultimate questions

July 28 2021 / The New Statesman

James Hawes: The Shortest History of England

The long shadow of the Norman Conquest

December 2 2020 / New Statesman

Patrick Hutchinson: Grace Under Pressure

​George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and Heroism

November 25 2020 / New Statesman

Neil Ferguson: The Covid Modeller

​The so-called Professor Lockdown, a hate figure for the libertarian right, on epidemiology, saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic and his sudden resignation

July 30 2020 / New Statesman

Mark Fisher: The intellectual leader of a generation

Haunted by a future that never happened

November 20 2019 / New Statesman

Jeremy Hunt: The Last Cameroon

​The great survivor is on a mission to unite his fractured party - and the country

April 17 2019 / New Statesman

Paul Collier: We are living a tragedy

​How to heal deep rifts in society

November 29 2018 / New Statesman

John McDonnell: The Hard Man of the Left

From Marxist ideologue to shadow chancellor, Corbyn’s intellectual guru and closest ally has long been reviled. But now that power is in sight – and faced with a possible Labour split – his passion is turning to pragmatism

September 5 2018 / New Statesman

Bryan Magee: The Restless Philosopher

Broadcaster, politician, author and poet, Magee once occupied many prominent roles. Now, in old age, he lives in one room in a nursing hospital – yet he remains wonder-struck by ultimate questions

April 5 2018 / New Statesman

Nigel Farage: The arsonist in exile

​As the Brexiteers cry betrayal, will the former leader of Ukip settle for life as an alt-right shock jock or return as the head of a new English nationalist movement?

December 7 2017 / New Statesman

David Brooks: A hesitant radical in the age of Trump

Politics is a competition between partial truths

October 26 2017 / New Statesman

Theresa May: The May Doctrine

​The British Prime Minister on Brexit, Trump and the return of the state

February 9 2017 / New Statesman

Jeremy Corbyn: The Last Comrade

​Labour wars and Brexit woes: the year of living dangerously

December 14 2016 / New Statesman

Tony Blair: Out of exile

​Trump, Brexit and Blair’s new political mission

November 24 2016 / New Statesman

Arsene Wenger: The first cosmopolitan

​The line of beauty

September 24 2016 / New Statesman

Martin Jacques: The new New Times

Neoliberalism crashed with the financial crash

September 22 2016 / New Statesman

​Michael Sandel: politics and morality

The energy of the Brexiteers and Donald Trump is born of the failure of elites

June 13 2016 / New Statesman

Peregrine Worsthorne: The lost magic of England

​The great conservative journalist reflects on a long life at the heart of the establishment

February 11 2016 / The New Statesman

George Osborne: The ascent of the submarine

George Osborne’s mission to capture and reshape the centre ground.

September 9 2015 / New Statesman

Jeremy Corbyn: The Time of the Rebel

Is Jeremy Corbyn ready to lead the Labour party?

July 29 2015 / New Statesman

Alex Salmond: The Scottish Question

The pursuit of power

March 24 2015 / New Statesman

Nigel Farage: The Populist

What does the Ukip leader know?

November 12 2014 / New Statesman

Alistair Darling: the Union's last stand

With just 100 days to save the Union, Alistair Darling fights back

June 10 2014 / New Statesman

Alex Salmond: his mission to break up the United Kingdom

If Alex Salmond’s opponents in London are feeling confident, they shouldn’t be. He is deadly serious about Scottish independence and how he might achieve it

June 25 2013 / New Statesman

Danny Dayan: "There is no solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict."

Danny Dayan, head of Israel’s settler movement, talks to Jason Cowley.

January 17 2013 / New Statesman

Ed Miliband: He’s not for turning

How will Ed Miliband remake capitalism when there is no money to spend?

September 5 2012 / New Statesman

Lionel Messi: three days in Barcelona

Jason Cowley talks to the world’s best footballer

June 23 2012 / The Times

Alastair Cook: The Slow Man

The England cricket captain has redefined the art of batting in an age addicted to novelty and speed

April 23 2011 / The Times

Ed Miliband: The Insurgent

Will he topple his brother David and win the Labour leadership?

July 22 2010 / New Statesman

Gordon Brown's last stand

There is a pathos to the struggles of Gordon Brown. Friends “mourn” for him, but the Prime Minister himself was fighting on to the last.

May 9 2010 / New Statesman

David Miliband: The Man Who Would be King

Jason Cowley accompanied the Foreign Secretary on what turned out to be a troubling and contentious four-day trip to India

February 19 2009 / The New Statesman

Thomas Harris: creator of a monstrous hit

The reclusive author’s acclaimed novels about the evil Hannibal Lecter have sold in their millions and inspired influential movies. A fourth book on the iconic villain’s early days is due soon. But will it spoil the essential mystery?

November 19 2006 / The Observer

Ian McEwan: Britain's national novelist

He can speak to and for the nation at times of crisis

July 18 2005 / New Statesman

David Sylvian: escaping Planet Pop

How David Sylvian and his misunderstood but influential band, Japan, gave a sense of identity to a generation of disaffected suburban teens

April 10 2005 / The Observer

Rian Malan: this traitor's heart

Rian Malan grew up in revolt against his colonial inheritance. His first and only book offers vital insights into the white man’s experience of apartheid

March 14 2005 / New Statesman

Kate Bush: breaking the silence

With her first single up for a Brit Award and a new album soon to be released, Kate Bush is back in a big way

February 7 2005 / New Statesman

Dan Brown: The Conspiracy Theorist

The author of the bestselling Da Vinci Code has tapped into our post-9/11 anxieties and fear of religious fundamentalism

December 13 2004 / New Statesman

William Shawcross: An Apologist for Power

Once a model progressive, he is now the royal choice to write the Queen Mother’s life and proselytises for the Iraq War

December 15 2003 / New Statesman

Daniel Libeskind: Before Ground Zero

A Jewish Museum in Berlin, a war museum in Manchester, even a Rwanda massacre memorial - is Libeskind being typecast? If so, it may help him to the biggest prize in contemporary architecture.

February 2003 / Prospect, Issue 83

Barbara Cassani: The Innovator

When easyJet buys out BA’s low-cost airline later this week, Go’s high-flying founder will make a personal fortune. Barbara Cassani reveals how she found big thrills in the world of no-frills flying

July 28 2002 / The Observer

Mario Vargas Llosa: between politics and fiction

He is an undeviatingly serious writer whose novels are steeped in the darkness, the violence and the obsessions of his native Latin America.

April 2002 / The Daily Telegraph

Tom Clancy: Patriot games

He is the most popular novelist on earth, whose images of catastrophe animate the modern American psyche

September 24 2001 / New Statesman

Ian Curtis: what he left behind

Twenty years later: Ian Curtis was more than a singer, and Joy Division were more than a band

May 17 2000 / The Times

Victor Pelevin: anatomist of the new Russia

He holds up a mirror to a sick society

March 2000 / New York Times Magazine

JM Coetzee: The literature of disgrace

He is the ideal chronicler of the new South Africa

October 25 1999 / New Statesman

Iris Murdoch: a divine literary intelligence

In one of the last interviews with Iris Murdoch, Jason Cowley found her still pondering on the spaces that God left behind

February 12 1999 / New Statesman

John le Carre: The Deceiver

A “literary barbarian”? Or a writer to whom future generations will turn for insights into our times?

February 5 1999 / New Statesman

JG Ballard: The Seer of Suburbia

The author of “Crash” and “Empire of the Sun” talks sex, technology and the 1960s. Do his dark obsessions amount to a serious quest to understand modernity?

August 1998 / Prospect, Issue 33

Stephen Hawking: The Time Traveller

Ten years after the publication of A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking is still seeking the last piece of the cosmic jigsaw

June 17 1998 / The Times

VS Naipaul: The Enigma of Arrival

To his critics he is an arrogant apologist for colonialism and a cheerleader for Hindu nationalism. To his admirers he is the finest writer in the English language and creator of a new literary form

June 1998 / Prospect, Issue 31

Toni Morrison: one day in New York

Jason Cowley meets America’s “national novelist”

May 5 1998 / The Times

Nadine Gordimer: African and White

The Nobel laureate grapples with the defining complexities of the troubled post-apartheid state

February 17 1998 / The Times

Mark Hollis: Out of Time

The reluctant pop star and post-rock visionary

February 13 1998 / The Times

Charles Causley: The Cornish Balladeer

Jason Cowley meets the poet Charles Causley, who at 80 has just seen his collected works published

December 30 1997 / The Times

Arundhati Roy: the goddess of small things

Arundhati Roy’s first and only novel has won her this year’s Booker Prize and made her a millionaire. Who is she and what does she want?

October 18 1997 / The Times

Alan Maclean: The loneliness of the double agent

Donald Maclean’s betrayal of his country to the former Soviet Union ended his brother’s career. But Alan Maclean refuses to condemn the Soviet spy

September 23 1997 / The Times

George Steiner: A traveller in the realm of the mind

Polymath, scholar and instinctive outsider, George Steiner talks about Jewishness, passion and the decency of the English

September 22 1997 / The Times

Bernard MacLaverty: Inside the Troubles

Bernard MacLaverty on escaping the prison of Northern Ireland politics

September 13 1997 / The Times

Martin Amis: Emergency Speech

He is a writer of reckless ambition and one of the few serious novelists that most people have heard of. Yet he wins no prizes and literary London is split over him. Jason Cowley visits Amis and finds him wondering how posterity will judge his work.

August 1997 / Prospect, Issue 22

Brian Evenson: The high priest's story

Mormon Brian Evenson has been reviled by his Church for writing what they feel is sadistic and perverted fiction

July 15 1997 / The Times

Jennifer Aniston: how Friends defined an era

The American actress and her Hollywood entourage are in London

July 3 1997 / The Times

Annie Proulx: Pioneer poet of the American wilderness

E. Annie Proulx wrote her first novel at the age of 56 - and has been winning awards ever since

June 5 1997 / The Times

Kenzaburo Oe: Escaping the Emperor System

The birth of his disabled son turned Kenzaburo Oe from thoughts of suicide, and eventually gave literature its latest Nobel laureate

April 15 1997 / The Times

Fiona Shaw: The Silent World

Enclosed spaces and sacred mysteries

April 15 1997 / The Times