Children's Books: New York, new life

By Angela Kiverstein, February 25, 2016

My Aunt Manya by José Patterson (Matador, £6.99) is the story of 10-year-old Sarah, sent unaccompanied to New York to escape the Russian pogroms. She endures stinking conditions in steerage, assists with the birth of a baby, learns English from a kind, fellow passenger and confronts a final challenge on Ellis Island before finding a new home.


Abba Eban: A Biography

By Vernon Bogdanor, February 18, 2016

By Asaf Siniver
Duckworth Overlook, £25


Review: History's People

By Robert Low, February 18, 2016

By Margaret MacMillan
Profile, £14.99

How much do individuals shape the course of events? Or is history the product of much wider forces, such as economic and social change, or technological and scientific advances?


Pioneering and pain

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2016

The girl in Roger Cohen's The Girl from Human Street (Vintage, £9.99) is his charming, intelligent mother June, a South African Jew who emigrated to England as a young wife and never quite came to terms with her adoptive homeland.


Children's Books: As good as goldfish

By Angela Kiverstein, February 17, 2016

Fly to Never Never Land, converse with birds, meet Marmaduke the Man from the Moon and join in the Goldfish Song, with Joe and his Magic Snout.


Review: Scary Old Sex

By Irma Kurtz, February 11, 2016

By Arlene Heyman
Bloomsbury, £16.99


Review: Waking Lions

By David Herman, February 11, 2016

By Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Pushkin Press, £12.99


Interview: Gavriel Savit

By Angela Kiverstein, February 11, 2016

It is raining. A man walks into a village, without an umbrella, yet he is dry. Either he has gone to great lengths to keep the rain off - and hidden the means to do so - or he's using magic. And, from the perspective of a child, says Gavriel Savit, both are equally likely.


How a top columnist started out on the left foot

By Daniel Snowman, February 4, 2016

Party Animals
By David Aaronovitch
Jonathan Cape, £17.99


European issues that resonate

By David Herman, February 4, 2016

Messages From a Lost World
By Stefan Zweig (Trans: Will Stone)
Pushkin Press, £16.99

Summer Before the Dark
By Volker Weidermann (Trans: Carol Brown Janeway)
Pushkin Press, £12.99