Born Survivors: the story of three lives that emerged within temples of hell

By Natasha Lehrer, June 7, 2015

The handsome man in uniform tweaked at their flesh as the women stood, shivering and ashamed, trying to shield their naked, newly shaven bodies from his gaze.


A colourful mystery: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

By Joy Sable, June 6, 2015

At one time or another, we have all surely harboured that Antiques Roadshow fantasy: the old painting gathering dust in the loft turns out to be a lost masterpiece worth millions. For Annie McDee, heroine of Hannah Rothschild's The Improbability of Love (Bloomsbury, £14.99), the chance acquisition of a centuries-old revered work of art is a mixed blessing.


Review: Goebbels

By Ben Barkow, June 5, 2015

Confronting this huge volume, written by the German historian Peter Longerich, I found it hard to believe that this much new information could have been uncovered about Goebbels. It seems like scholarship to be weighed by the kilo rather than by the insight. And indeed I doubt that reading every page of it will change your understanding of the Nazi regime or the Holocaust.


How an 'ology' brought me fame and riches

By Richard Phillips, May 28, 2015

Twenty eight years ago, I sat in my office in the J Walter Thompson advertising agency in Berkeley Square and bashed out a script for a British Telecom commercial. It contained this scene:

Grandmother to disconsolate grandson telling her about his GSCE results: "An ology? He got an ology!


Among the best of best

By David Herman, May 28, 2015

Adam Kirsch is one of the best young literary critics in America. Rocket and Lightship (W W Norton, £17.99) is a collection of his previously published essays, mostly in American literary magazines, and they show why literary journalism is so much better in America than it is here.


Review: In The Unlikely Event

By Jennifer Lipman, May 28, 2015

I can't be alone in having Judy Blume to thank for introducing me to subjects including those as varied as racism, bra size, the Nazis, and underage sex. The bestselling American writer has authored nearly 30 novels for adults, teenagers and younger children since starting out in 1969, and her latest comes with an endorsement from Girls star Lena Dunham, no less.

From Are You There God?


Keyboard to keyboard

By Michael Knipe, May 28, 2015

G oodness gracious me!


Review: Loose Connections

By Madeleine Kingsley, May 26, 2015

No Jewish book lover of a certain age and Mittel European extraction should miss out on Esther Menell's memoir, Loose Connections. True to its title, this meanders - in a most cultivated and colourful way - through Menell's 80 years and her career in what was arguably the golden age of publishing.


Review: Wake Up, Sir!

By David Herman, May 23, 2015

There are some terrible ideas for novels. For example, I would have paid good money to have overheard the conversation when Martin Amis told his publisher that The Zone of Interest was going to be a comic sex romp set in Auschwitz.


I have always told stories through music - now it's words

By James Green, May 21, 2015

Ella Leya is a long way from her roots. Rabbi's wife, Hollywood singer and composer, she has now decided to reconnect with those roots with a semi-autobiographical novel, The Orphan Sky.