Laughs and super stuff

By Angela Kiverstein, October 6, 2016

Cyborgs, snot-rays and even a Latin Star Wars joke combine in My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons (Nosy Crow, £6.99). Schoolboy Zach Parker, aka Star Lad, is a superhero but his brother Luke is not. When left-out Luke discovers a plot to take over the earth, led by an evil PE mistress, nobody will believe him. So he slopes off to play endless rounds of Puny Earthlings!


Review: Collected Poems 1950-2012

By Jane Liddell-King, September 29, 2016

By Adrienne Rich
W W Norton, £33

As a child, Adrienne Rich dutifully copied out poems by Blake and Keats under the unerring eye of her distinguished Jewish father, pathologist Arnold Rice Rich. Her southern, Protestant mother, Helen sacrificed her career as a concert pianist and composer to nurture her family.


Review: The Angel

By Ahron Bregman, September 29, 2016

By Uri Bar-Joseph
Harper, £18.99

I should perhaps start by admitting that I'm not an innocent reviewer: my name appears in this book's cast of characters.


Excess baggage

By David Herman, September 29, 2016

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a writer, avant-garde film-maker and actor born and brought up in Chile, who moved to Paris in his early twenties. Enormously prolific, little of his work has been translated into English. His novel, Where the Bird Sings Best (Restless Books, £12.99), is typical.


Libyan Twilight: The Story of an Arab Jew

By Andrew Rosemarine, September 23, 2016

By Raphael N Luzon (Trans Gaia Luzon)
Darf Publishers, £8.99

'Itbach al Yahud! (Murder the Jews!)" screamed the Benghazi mob, as they approached the author's house during the Six-Day War. Other Libyans murdered his relatives in Tripoli. Traumatised, his family fled to Italy, Israel, and London, where he lives now. Yet he returned to Libya recently. Militants abducted him.


Interview: Ruth Gilligan

By Zander Sharp, September 23, 2016

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan seems especially interested in storytelling. Was this your goal from the start?

Storytelling was one of the first parallels I saw between the Jews and the Irish, a storytelling culture and especially an oral culture that they both had in common.


Between the lines

By Stanley Price, September 23, 2016

As a writer and a publisher, David Marcus was an important Irish literary figure. He is probably best known as the founder and editor, in 1968, of the New Irish Writing page in The Irish Press. There, he was responsible for finding and encouraging one of Ireland's greatest exports - good writing. He published poetry and short stories, and many now well-known writers made their debut there.


Tale of a defamed disciple

By JP OMalley, September 22, 2016

In the collective unconscious of western civilisation, the name Judas Iscariot epitomises the word "traitor" like no other.

Judas supposedly condemned Jesus to a gruesome violent death sentence by crucifixion: selling him out for a paltry 30 pieces of silver. Then, wracked with guilt, Judas hung himself from a fig tree.


How does my garden grow?

By Charlotte Mendelson, September 22, 2016

I know; I'm as surprised as you are.


Helpful clarity

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

A book titled The Left's Jewish Problem (Biteback Publishing, £12.99) does not exactly promise a light-hearted read.