Review: A Want of Kindness

By Kate Saunders, September 10, 2015

By Joanne Limburg
Atlantic, £14.99

Queen Anne has always been rather a wallflower of a monarch when it comes to historical fiction.


Review: Forbidden Love in St Petersburg

By David Herman, September 10, 2015

By Mishka Ben-David
Halban Publishers, £10.99

Mishka Ben-David abandoned a PhD in Hebrew literature to join the Mossad. His most famous assignment was a botched attempt to assassinate Hamas's leader, Khaled Meshaal. After 12 years, he left and became a thriller-writer. This is his second novel to appear in English (it was originally published in Hebrew in 2008).


Broken on the Inside: Memory from the inside out

By David Herman, September 2, 2015

Broken on the Inside, by Simon Hammelburg, was originally published in Holland in 1996. At the beginning of this new version (Aerial Media, £16.99) we are told that it "may be read as a novel" and that "it is based on 1,200 interviews with Holocaust survivors and their children".


A Game For All the Family : An intricacy of playfulness and untruths

By Anne Garvey, September 2, 2015

A Game For All the FamilyBy Sophie Hannah
Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99
Reviewed by Anne Garvey

Mistress of malign suspense in her many detective novels, creator of charming poetry, already firmly placed in the GCSE syllabus, Sophie Hannah has a load of arrows in her quiver.


Lively but flawed analysis of why and how the Holocaust could have happened

By Bernard Wasserstein, September 2, 2015

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and WarningBy Timothy Snyder
Bodley Head, £25
Reviewed by Bernard Wasserstein

The term "Black Earth" is often used to designate the rich agricultural areas of southern Russia.


Children's Books: Hostage heroism

By Angela Kiverstein, August 30, 2015

Amid a summer riot, five teenagers take a civil servant hostage. William Sutcliffe's Concentr8 (Bloomsbury, £12.99) is set in a disturbingly recognisable Britain where the government has been unscrupulously doling out ADD drugs but has suddenly withdrawn supplies. Sutcliffe alternates between the voices of the listless lawbreakers, a journalist, a negotiator and a floppy-haired mayor.


Geoffrey Munn - a world authority on Faberge jewellery and the Wartski dynasty

By Gerald Isaaman, August 28, 2015

There is that moment of excitement on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow when someone in the crowd comes forward with a sparkling jewel that turns out to be the real thing worth thousands. And more often than not, it is the affable, forever smiling Geoffrey Munn who reveals the unknown story behind the gem.


Review: Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2015

John Mann is an unlikely candidate to lead the fight against antisemitism in Britain. A blunt-speaking Yorkshireman who sits on Labour's back benches, the Bassetlaw MP came to the cause a decade ago without any apparent prior qualification or motivation. He has subsequently become one of the country's foremost experts on the fight against Jew-hatred.


Review: Anti-Judaism - this isn't easy, bedtime reading

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 26, 2015

In the fourth century CE, two Christian theological giants, Saints Jerome and Augustine, engaged in an ill-tempered discussion about Jews and Judaism. Jerome accused Augustine of harbouring "Judaising" tendencies because he defended Jewish law; Augustine retaliated by revealing that Jerome was known to read texts in their original Hebrew, rather than in Greek translations.


Natasha Solomons's The Song Collector: A slight discord

By Hester Abrams, August 25, 2015

In Natasha Solomons's The Song Collector (Sceptre, £16.99) the sons of a once grand Dorset family return home after the Second World War to find their country pile good for nothing except demolition.