Books

Return of Mein Kampf

By Stephen Applebaum, February 26, 2015

Many wish that Adolf Hitler's hate-filled manifesto, Mein Kampf, would simply disappear.

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Review: One Night, Markovitch

By David Herman, February 26, 2015

By Ayelet Gundar-Goshen(Trans: Sondra Silverstein)

Pushkin Press, £10

When we first meet Yaakov Markovitch, he is serving in the Irgun in 1940s Palestine. Early on, he strikes up a friendship with Zeev Feinberg. The two could not be more different. Markovitch is quiet, ordinary, "gloriously average". Feinberg is larger-than-life, a creature of appetites, whether food or sex.

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Review: Five Selves

By Madeleine Kingsley, February 26, 2015

By Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein
Holland House, £14.99

Some writers dwell on flesh and furnishings, others, like Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein, look deep into interior lives. Her Five Selves is a mindscape masterpiece - a handful of novellas in which the dramatis personae struggle to understand themselves in dark times.

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A textile titan’s tale

By Andrew Rosemarine, February 20, 2015

A Bazaar Life — The Autobiography of David Alliance, written with Ivan Fallon, (The Robson Press, £25) is David Alliance’s revelatory smörgåsbord of adventures, with lessons for success in the cut-throat world of business.

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Children's food guru Annabel Karmel is back on form after 'a hell of a year'

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2015

Annabel Karmel had a tough 2014. In fact, it was "a hell of a year".

In May, the celebrity chef and best-selling author, who was made an MBE for her work in child nutrition, was dragged to an employment tribunal after being accused of sexual misconduct by her former salesman Mark Salter.

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Jewish Book Week 2015: Enjoy that family feeling

By Lucy Silver, February 19, 2015

Books are at the very heart of Jewish life, and Jewish Book Week was formally established in the wake of efforts to eradicate European Judaism, its people and its culture, forever. The Nazis publicly burned Jewish books as a symbol of their intent to destroy the Jewish legacy.

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Review: Melnitz

By David Herman, February 19, 2015

By Charles Lewinsky (Trans: Shaun Whiteside)
Atlantic Books, £17.99

Charles Lewinsky is a prolific, Jewish writer from Switzerland with almost 20 novels, 15 plays and a number of TV series to his name. His novel, Melnitz, is his first work to be translated into English. It is a huge, historical, family saga about the Meijers, a Jewish family in Switzerland.

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Review: Like A Bomb Going Off

By Anne Sebba, February 19, 2015

By Janice Ross
Yale University Press, £30

Leonid Yakobson is probably one of the most famous Russian choreographers you've never heard of. He was also Jewish, a not unrelated fact.

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Why I'm sure that Charles will be a King for the Jews

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.

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Joy of being hit by Eros's arrow for a second time

By Diane Samuels, February 5, 2015

I was in the process of getting divorced when I first discovered the classical myth of Psyche and Eros. Our family home of 20 years was being sold, my younger son was in his last year at school and my eldest was away at university. My soon to be ex-husband had settled with a new partner.

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