Review: The Things We Don't Do

By David Herman, December 4, 2014

By Andrés Neuman (Trans: Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia)
Pushkin Press, £8.99

The son of Argentine émigré musicians, Andrés Neuman was born in Buenos Aires but now lives in Spain. He has written five novels, four books of short stories and this is his third book to be translated.


1946: The Making of the Modern World

By Daniel Snowman, December 4, 2014

By Victor Sebestyen

Macmillan, £25

Victor Sebestyen is a Hungarian-born journalist, a former foreign editor and leader writer for London's Evening Standard.


Can Nazis ever be funny?

By Saul Wordsworth, November 27, 2014

Three years ago on an especially wet afternoon in Norfolk I was sat around with two cousins. We were laughing and joking about occupations that were going out of fashion. Someone mentioned Nazi hunting and a light went on in my brain. I may even have raised a finger as if to say, "watch this space".


Émigres: The transformation of Art Publishing in Britain

By Monica Bohm-Duchen, November 27, 2014

By Anna Nyburg

Phaidon, £39.95

Few people would now dispute the extraordinary contribution made to British cultural and intellectual life by (in Daniel Snowman's memorable phrase) the "Hitler Émigrés".


A perfectly harmonious Hebrew

By Norman Lebrecht, November 27, 2014

Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician
By Allen Shawn
Yale University Press, £18.99

The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Nigel Simeone (Ed)
Yale University Press, £14.99


Expansive in life and literature

By Sipora Levy, November 21, 2014

Though a prolific and popular writer in her time, Naomi Jacob’s work has been somewhat neglected in recent years.


Rivals, critics, enemies - I just couldn't stab them in the book

By Michael Rudman, November 20, 2014

There seems to be a trend for autobiographies that "settle scores".


Interview: Adele Geras

By Jennifer Lipman, November 20, 2014

"Hunger," says novelist Adele Geras, evoking life in besieged Jerusalem in 1948. "That's my main memory." Just four then, she vividly remembers sitting in the shelter at night hearing the guns, and later the victory parade.

Recalling the shortage of food, she describes how her uncle once managed to get his hands on a tin of sardines and sat all the cousins around their grandmother's big table.


Review: I'll Drink To That

By Angela Levin, November 20, 2014

By Betty Halbreich
Virago, £13.99

Betty Halbreich, the legendary personal shopper and stylist from New York, knows picking clothes for women is not just gathering stylish items from the rails.


Review: The Impossible Exile

By Stoddard Martin, November 13, 2014

By George Prochnik

Among German-language authors of the early 20th century, Stefan Zweig is being repositioned near the top. Some contemporaries considered him "among the first rank of the second rate", to use Somerset Maugham's self-deprecation, and in the moments of depression that darkened his later years, Zweig may have seen truth as well as envy in such a tag.