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: the unbreakable spirit of Andy Murray

The Scottish tennis player has achieved a late-career grandeur and nobility

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

The mystery of Essex

​Gillian Darley and England’s most misunderstood county

February 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: “I’m not on the right or left. I’m a radical”

The Ukip leader on coalitions, immigration fears and why he’s chasing the Labour vote.

November 12 2014 / New Statesman

Alistair Darling: “Salmond is behaving like Kim Jong-il”

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

June 10 2014 / New Statesman

Alex Salmond: “This is the phoney war. This is not the campaign”

If Alex Salmond’s opponents are feeling confident, they shouldn’t be. In a rare print interview, the SNP leader takes aim at Nigel Farage, the bedroom tax and Scottish Labour – and reveals his plan to guarantee every young person a job.

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

Messi: 'I never want to lose that spark'

Jason Cowley is granted a rare interview with the world’s best footballer.

June 23 2012 / The Times

Alistair Darling, the Miliband dilemma and what the party must do next

The former chancellor on Osborne’s failure, Scottish independence and why Labour needs David Miliband.

February 2 2012 / New Statesman

Vince Cable: no longer free or radical

Vince Cable grapples with the compromises of power.

May 26 2011 / New Statesman

Alastair Cook: English cricket's slow man

Why the star of England’s Ashes win still fears failure.

April 23 2011 / The Times

Cruddas: Why I'm backing David Miliband

Jon Cruddas, the influential Labour MP for Dagenham, talks exclusively about why he is endorsing the elder Miliband for the Labour leadership.

August 26 2010 / New Statesman

Ed Miliband: “I won’t be defined by the right-wing press”

Ed Miliband hits back at his critics in the Labour Party and the media, and says he would never work with Nick Clegg if elected as leader.

August 19 2010 / New Statesman

The Insurgent - Ed Miliband

The limits of vision or the absence of it: so far, the five candidates competing to become the next leader of the Labour Party have been accused of lacking what can be called the “vision thing”.

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

“He could run and win the leadership”

An interview with Jon Cruddas.

February 4 2010 / New Statesman

Jack Straw: The Great Survivor

As Labour prepares for the 2010 general election, Straw talks candidly about his relationship with Gordon Brown, the tragedy of the Iraq War and Islamism

December 3 2009 / 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

Sania Mirza

Jason Cowley on the tennis sensation who is drawing scorn from India’s Muslim clerics.

October 17 2005 / New Statesman

Ian McEwan

Terror and the UK - He is the closest thing we have to a “national novelist”: one who can speak to and for the nation at times of crisis. Ian McEwan profiled by Jason Cowley.

July 18 2005 / New Statesman

Turning Japanese

With their dyed hair, poetic ambitions and liberal use of eyeliner, Japan gave a sense of identity to a generation of disaffected suburban teens. Among them was Jason Cowley. Twenty years on, David Sylvian, the band’s frontman, talks about his latest solo album and his life as an old New Romantic.

April 10 2005 / The Observer

Rian Malan

The South African writer 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

The wow factor

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. It’s been a long wait, writes Jason Cowley, but she’s worth it.

February 7 2005 / New Statesman

Man of the year: Dan Brown

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

December 13 2004 / New Statesman

NS Man of the year - William Shawcross

Once a model progressive, he is now the royal choice to write the Queen Mother’s life and an apologist for war in Iraq.

December 15 2003 / New Statesman

Daniel Libeskind

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

Helon Habila: a profile

Before he won the 2001 Caine Prize, which is worth $15,000, Helon Habila had never left Nigeria. He was working as a hack writer on a “romance” magazine called Hints, mechanically producing Mills & Boon-style stories of love lost and regained.

October 2002 / The Daily Telegraph

How to walk away with 16 million in less than a year

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: a profile

To read Mario Vargas Llosa is to encounter a writer engaged in a complicated process of remaking the modern world in fiction. He is an undeviatingly serious writer, a visionary, whose novels are steeped in the darkness, the violence and the obsessions of his native Latin America.

April 2002 / The Daily Telegraph

Tom Clancy

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

September 24 2001 / New Statesman

Bridget Jones with blow jobs - Chinese novelist Zhou Wei Hui

Jason Cowley on Wei Hui, whose novel has been banned and burned in China for being too sexually explicit.

July 23 2001 / New Statesman

The last of the literary entrepreneurs

Ernest Hecht, deep in manuscripts in his office at Souvenir Press, is 71 and has no intention of retiring. Like many Jewish families, the Hechts fled the Nazis in Czechoslovakia.

November 11 2000 / The Times

Habit forming

Putting drug and alcohol addiction behind him, Will Self has found his calling. But it’s still hard being one of our most notorious writers.

June 24 2000 / The Times

It just doesn't get any better

Ian Curtis was more than a singer, and Joy Division were more than a band. Twenty years on, Jason Cowley is more than a fan.

May 17 2000 / The Times

Victor Pelevin

Russian literary culture is in disarray but it can still have a good row about its most fashionable writer.

March 2000 / Prospect, Issue 50

JM Coetzee

The ideal chronicler of the new South Africa, he deserves to make literary history as a double Booker winner.

October 25 1999 / New Statesman

Jim Crace

His novels are such journeys of the imagination that not even Jim Crace himself knows where they will end up. Jason Cowley hears about the latest.

September 18 1999 / The Times

A divine literary intelligence - interview with author Iris Murdoch

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

Profile: John le Carre

A literary barbarian? Or a writer to whom future generations will turn for insights into our times? By Jason Cowley.

February 5 1999 / New Statesman

JG Ballard

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

August 1998 / Prospect, Issue 33

Eleven dimensions and no time to gossip

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

June 17 1998 / The Times

VS Naipaul

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. Jason Cowley talks to the literary King of rootlessness and finds him content, at last, with life and England.

June 1998 / Prospect, Issue 31

'Writing is my work, but not my job'

Toni Morrison’s new book is expected to sell a million. Jason Cowley meets the pride of America.

May 5 1998 / The Times

Still restless after all these years

Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel laureate, continues to grapple with her nation’s complexities. Interview by Jason Cowley.

February 17 1998 / The Times

Out of Time: Mark Hollis

No more Talk Talk: the reluctant pop star

February 13 1998 / The Times

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

Goddess of small things

Arundhati Roy’s first and only novel has won her this year’s Booker Prize and made her a millionaire. Jason Cowley finds out what inspired India’s rising star.

October 18 1997 / The Times

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 him. Interview by Jason Cowley.

September 23 1997 / The Times

A traveller in the realm of the mind

Polymath, scholar and instinctive outsider, George Steiner talks to Jason Cowley about risk, passion and the decency of the English.

September 22 1997 / The Times

Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty, author of the controversial Cal, is tipped to make the Booker Prize shortlist with his latest novel, Grace Notes. He takes Jason Cowley on a pub crawl around his home town of Belfast.

September 13 1997 / The Times

Martin Amis

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

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

The haircut that changed my life

She had to lose 30lb and alter her image, but now Jennifer Aniston just can’t stop earning. Interview by Jason Cowley.

July 3 1997 / The Times

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. Her latest book was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Interview by Jason Cowley.

June 5 1997 / The Times

The father saved by his baby; Kenzaburo Oe

The birth of his son turned Kenzaburo Oe from suicide, and eventually gave literature its latest Nobel laureate. Jason Cowley reports.

April 15 1997 / The Times

'If I had two lives, one of them would be spent in a convent'

Sampling the life of a nun put Fiona Shaw in touch with her spirituality, says Jason Cowley.

April 15 1997 / The Times