Pink, pop and Lark

July 21, 2016

With its hot-pink cover and boy-band theme, Harmony Jones's Girl vs Boy Band, the Right Track (Bloomsbury, £6.99) is sure to be a hit with the nine-to-12 age group. Lark's record-producer mother invites three British teenage boys to her LA mansion, to prepare them for their pop debut.


"Addiction is not a disease"

By Hilary Freeman, July 21, 2016

Marc Lewis is not your typical former drug addict. Now a highly-regarded neuroscientist, he grew up in Canada as the child of middle-class, Conservative synagogue-attending parents and excelled academically. Yet by his mid-20s, he was addicted to opiates, shooting up and stealing to feed his habit.


'Mrs Thatcher asked if I was Jewish'

By Robert Philpot, July 21, 2016

On the morning of July 5 1995, Malcolm Rifkind sat behind the foreign secretary's desk for the first time. As he admired the way the light fell from the tall windows overlooking Horse Guards and St James' Park, Britain's first Jewish foreign secretary since Rufus Isaacs's two-month tenure six decades previously, felt as if he had come home.


Review: Refuting the Anti-Israel Narrative

By Emma Klein, July 15, 2016

By Jeremy Havardi
McFarland £41.50

In view of the recent surge of antisemitism, with Israel a prime focus of the animosity engendered, this book's publication could hardly be more timely.

In his extensively researched yet highly readable discourse, Jeremy Havardi explores the innumerable charges levelled at Israel - being an "apartheid state", a promoter of genocide, "colonia


Review: A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet

By Madeleine Kingsley, July 15, 2016

By Rita Gabis
Bloomsbury, £20

'What is history?" The question is asked by Rita Gabis of her Lithuanian language tutor.


Review: The Last Days of Stalin

By Colin Shindler, July 8, 2016

By Joshua Rubenstein
Yale University Press, £25


Review: After One-Hundred-And-Twenty

By David Hillel-Ruben, July 8, 2016

After One-Hundred-And-Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning and the Afterlife in the Jewish Tradition

By Hillel Halkin
Princeton University Press, £19.95

Hillel Halkin's book is a popular history and a personal memoir, an unusual combination. Written for the general reader, it is not an academic book in any sense.


Itinerary of identity takes in York and Pasadena

By Peter Lawson, July 1, 2016

By Yvonne Green
The Poetry Business, £9.95

By Joanna Ezekiel
Valley Press, £7.99

By Sam Eisenstein
Eyewear Publishing, £9.99

Hendon, Herzlia, York and Pasadena: apparently, all are homes for anglophone Jewish poets.


Review: Curiosity

By Stoddard Martin, July 1, 2016

By Alberto Manguel
Yale University Press, £10.99

Alberto Manguel is a writer free of provinciality in both space and time. Born in Argentina, resident of Canada, he has lived in Tel Aviv and London and has travelled the globe extensively. Quest for knowledge has made him a lifelong reader of books of all types.


Review: My Dear Ones

By Daniel Snowman, June 17, 2016

By Jonathan Wittenberg
William Collins, £16.99

At first glance, this book may look like just another in a long line of family memoirs recounting the horrors inflicted by the Nazis upon beloved forebears and the new lives built up after the war by those lucky enough to survive. But Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg's chronicle of his "Dear Ones" is far more than this.