When turned away from Switzerland in 1939, Jewish refugees were told: "Our little lifeboat is full". Behind this odd metaphor from a landlocked nation, Swiss neutrality caused the waters to close over some 30,000 Jews who might otherwise have survived.
By Ivan Jablonka Stanford University Press, £24.99
I longed to adore this book, with its rave reviews on the back cover, its material researching grandparents whom Jablonka had never known and who perished in the Holocaust, its insights into pre-war Parczew and post-war Polish antisemitism.
Though relatively unknown in the UK, Jill Ciment enjoys much success in the USA, where she lives and works. Her last book, Five Flights Up, was turned into a film, starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman. Act of God is Ciment's seventh book and fifth novel. It features four women, whose lives painfully collide when a luminescent mould infestation spreads through the building they share.
Towards the end of the First World War, an intrepid, multilingual young army captain called Frank Foley - son of a West Country railway worker - was recruited by the British Intelligence Corps to run networks of secret agents in Europe.
It was a role for which he had exceptional aptitude.
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.
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.
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.