Books

Innocence: Or, Murder on Steep Street

By Anne Garvey, August 6, 2015

By Heda Margolius Kovály (Trans: Alex Zucker)
Soho Press, £18.99

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A man with answers and a woman with questions

By David Goldberg, August 6, 2015

The Tail Wags the Dog
By Efraim Karsh
Bloomsbury, £25

Losing Israel
By Jasmine Donahaye
Seren, £12.99

It is a historian's old trick, popularised by A.J.P. Taylor, to take an accepted historical narrative and subvert it by arguing the opposite.

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Interview: Sara Paretsky

By Jessica Mann, July 30, 2015

In Brush Back, the celebrated Chicago detective V. I. Warshawski is beaten up, chased through rodent-infested tunnels and pushed over a cliff into a tar pit.

At nearly 50, is she getting a bit old for such ordeals, I ask her creator, Sara Paretsky, when we meet for coffee in her London hotel.

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Review: The Lodger

By Madeleine Kingsley, July 30, 2015

By Louisa Treger
St Martin's Press, £16.99

How could two literary grandes dames of the early 20th century suffer such opposing fortunes? Both Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Richardson can reasonably lay claim to have been the mother of the modernist stream-of-consciousness writing style.

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Children's books: Difficult friends

By Angela Kiverstein, July 24, 2015

Sixteen-year-old Prince Jared has barely ascended to the throne of Archenfield when his cousin Axel lays plans to usurp him. With the threat of war from neighbouring Paddenburg, Jared badly needs to make alliances, both at home and abroad. But will Jared or Axel secure the most support - and which of their "friends" can they trust?

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Sex was what saved me

By Anthea Gerrie, July 23, 2015

To know your mother was raped multiple times and obliged to suffer unspeakable humiliation to survive the Holocaust is bad enough. To hear her tell the story chapter and verse and then relive her painful experiences while assembling them into a book must be excruciating.

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Review: Early One Morning

By Hephzibah Anderson, July 23, 2015

By Virginia Baily
Virago, £14.99

Virginia Baily's second novel, Early One Morning, packs the emotional punch of Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française - or so her publishers would have you believe. They exaggerate; Baily is a competent writer with an eye for pretty details and an ear for the pain and regret that can echo in the most banal of exchanges.

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Review: The Paradox of Liberation

By David Conway, July 23, 2015

By Michael WalzerYale

University Press, £16.99

During the last century, many peoples under alien rule gained independence, usually after considerable, often violent, struggle, spearheaded by various nationalist groups.

Successful national liberation movements have typically had to fight against two principal foes.

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Review: Between Gods

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2015

Conversion is an emotive subject in Judaism, and rarely have I seen the complexity of joining our community better articulated than in Alison Pick's new memoir. Pick, a successful novelist here and in her native Canada, grew up without Judaism in her life and without any real hunger for it - or indeed for any organised religion.

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The only SS judge who brought Nazis to trial

By Monica Porter, July 9, 2015

His SS Nazi Party identification card, dated 1936, shows a sombre-looking young man with short-cropped hair and round-rimmed spectacles. His rather protruding ears add to the air of 1930s dorkiness. Just another quasi-intellectual Nazi bureaucrat, you might think.

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