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August 4, 2016

What Language Do I Dream In?By Elena Lappin
Virago, £14.99
Reviewed by Anne Garvey


Review: The Gustav Sonata

By Madeleine Kingsley, July 29, 2016

By Rose Tremain
Chatto & Windus, £16.99

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.


Review: A History of the Grandparents I Never Had

By Julia Neuberger, July 29, 2016

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.


Breaking the mould

By Sipora Levy, July 29, 2016

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.


Review: Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews

By Monica Porter, July 21, 2016

By Michael Smith
Biteback Publishing, £10.99

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.


Review: Jerzyk

By Robert Low, July 21, 2016

Anthony Rudolf (ed), Trans: Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Shearsman Books, £10.95

Jerzyk Urman was the British author Anthony Rudolf's second cousin once removed. Mark Rothstein was his second cousin, too.


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