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.


Review: No refuge from racism

By Alan Montague, May 21, 2015

Liad Shoham's enjoyable, taut and pacy thriller Asylum City (Scribe, £8.99) is set around the African migrant community in Tel Aviv, and - after the recent riots in Israel involving Ethiopians demonstrating against mistreatment by the police - it seems shockingly real.


KL: A History of the Concentration Camps

By David Cesarani, May 14, 2015

By Nicholas Wachsmann
Little, Brown, £25

An uschwitz is a universal symbol of evil and the metonym for Jewish suffering under the Nazis. However, while it played a major part in the destruction of Jewish lives, it was not designed for that purpose. Though often taken to epitomise the concentration camps, it was hardly typical of the system.


Review: Dancing With The Enemy

By Anne Garvey, May 14, 2015

By Paul Glaser
Oneworld, £12.99

Brought up a devout Catholic in post-war Holland, Paul Glaser discovered his true identity by the slenderest of chances. At a conference in Poland, the organisers propose a trip to Auschwitz. He is uninterested but, walking past a display of victims' carefully labelled suitcases, he sees his own name: Glaser.


Out and about: Young Adult gay fiction

By Angela Kiverstein, May 14, 2015

While living on a narrow boat on the Macclesfield Canal, Liz Kessler had two book ideas - the tale of Emily Windsnap, a girl who discovers she is a mermaid, and the story of Ashleigh, who recognises she is a lesbian after falling in love with her English teacher. The mermaid series sold more than 4.4 million copies.


Review: 'Paddington Pollaky' Private Detective

By Simon Round, May 8, 2015

So ubiquitous have the stories become of Sherlock Holmes and his pipe-smoking, deer-stalker profile, that many tourists visiting London believe that the fictional detective did actually inhabit 221b Baker St.


Review: European Muslim Antisemitism

By Keith Kahn-Harris, May 8, 2015

As Günther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a "research gap" on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue.


Review: Complete Poems by Jon Silkin and Portraits by Elaine Feinstein

By Peter Lawson, May 8, 2015

Jon Silkin's death in 1997 marked a huge loss to poetry. Silkin was a substantial literary presence, from his first volume The Peaceable Kingdom (1954) to his posthumously published Making a Republic (2002).


Anonymous soldiers: When 'terrorists' won the war

May 8, 2015

If someone told you that Osama bin Laden masterminded 9/11 after reading a seminal text about militant Zionism - written by a former Israeli Prime Minister - would you believe them? The story may sound far-fetched, but it's true.