The philosopher who never stopped asking ultimate questions
July 28 2021 / The New Statesman
The long shadow of the Norman Conquest
December 2 2020 / New Statesman
George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and Heroism
November 25 2020 / New Statesman
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
Gillian Darley and England’s most misunderstood county
February 2020 / New Statesman
Haunted by a future that never happened
November 20 2019 / New Statesman
The great survivor is on a mission to unite his fractured party - and the country
April 17 2019 / New Statesman
How to heal deep rifts in society
November 29 2018 / New Statesman
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
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
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
Politics is a competition between partial truths
October 26 2017 / New Statesman
The British Prime Minister on Brexit, Trump and the return of the state
February 9 2017 / New Statesman
Labour wars and Brexit woes: the year of living dangerously
December 14 2016 / New Statesman
Trump, Brexit and Blair’s new political mission
November 24 2016 / New Statesman
The line of beauty
September 24 2016 / New Statesman
Neoliberalism crashed with the financial crash
September 22 2016 / New Statesman
The energy of the Brexiteers and Donald Trump is born of the failure of elites
June 13 2016 / New Statesman
The great conservative journalist reflects on a long life at the heart of the establishment
February 11 2016 / The New Statesman
George Osborne’s mission to capture and reshape the centre ground.
September 9 2015 / New Statesman
Is Jeremy Corbyn ready to lead the Labour party?
July 29 2015 / New Statesman
The pursuit of power
March 24 2015 / New Statesman
The Ukip leader on coalitions, immigration fears and why he’s chasing the Labour vote.
November 12 2014 / New Statesman
With just 100 days to save the Union, Alistair Darling fights back.
June 10 2014 / New Statesman
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, head of Israel’s settler movement, talks to Jason Cowley.
January 17 2013 / New Statesman
How will Ed Miliband remake capitalism when there is no money to spend?
September 5 2012 / New Statesman
Jason Cowley is granted a rare interview with the world’s best footballer.
June 23 2012 / The Times
The former chancellor on Osborne’s failure, Scottish independence and why Labour needs David Miliband.
February 2 2012 / New Statesman
Vince Cable grapples with the compromises of power.
May 26 2011 / New Statesman
Why the star of England’s Ashes win still fears failure.
April 23 2011 / The Times
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 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 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
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
An interview with Jon Cruddas.
February 4 2010 / New Statesman
As Labour prepares for the general election, Jack Straw talks candidly about his relationship with Gordon Brown, the Iraq war, Islamism, why he is a self-styled radical on electoral reform, and how he will transform our “chilling” libel laws.
December 3 2009 / New Statesman
Caricatured as an über-Blairite and criticised for the leadership challenge that never was, David Miliband is quietly rebuilding his reputation.
February 19 2009 / New Statesman
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
Jason Cowley on the tennis sensation who is drawing scorn from India’s Muslim clerics.
October 17 2005 / New Statesman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
He is the most popular novelist on earth, whose images of catastrophe animate the modern American psyche.
September 24 2001 / New Statesman
Jason Cowley on Wei Hui, whose novel has been banned and burned in China for being too sexually explicit.
July 23 2001 / New Statesman
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
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
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
She has turned her brightly packaged self into a corporate image fit for a king - or at least a prince.
March 6 2000 / New Statesman
Russian literary culture is in disarray but it can still have a good row about its most fashionable writer.
March 2000 / Prospect, Issue 50
The ideal chronicler of the new South Africa, he deserves to make literary history as a double Booker winner.
October 25 1999 / New Statesman
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
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
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
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
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
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
Toni Morrison’s new book is expected to sell a million. Jason Cowley meets the pride of America.
May 5 1998 / The Times
Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel laureate, continues to grapple with her nation’s complexities. Interview by Jason Cowley.
February 17 1998 / The Times
No more Talk Talk: the reluctant pop star
February 13 1998 / The Times
Jason Cowley meets the poet Charles Causley, who at 80 has just seen his collected works published.
December 30 1997 / The Times
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
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
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, 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
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
Mormon Brian Evenson has been reviled by his Church for writing what they feel is sadistic and perverted fiction.
July 15 1997 / The Times
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
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 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
Sampling the life of a nun put Fiona Shaw in touch with her spirituality, says Jason Cowley.