Books

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".

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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

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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Review: The Impossible Exile

By Stoddard Martin, November 13, 2014

By George Prochnik
Granta,£20

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.

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Review: The Churchill Factor

By Andrew Rosemarine, November 13, 2014

By Boris Johnson
Hodder & Stoughton, £25

Certain characters in history are so sacrosanct that many believe touching them can bring you some of their golden halo. Henry V, pulveriser of the French, and Elizabeth I, invincible Armada sinker, spring to mind.

Could Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson become one of their number?

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Review: The Hilltop

By David Herman, November 6, 2014

By Assaf Gavron (Trans: Steven Cohen)
Oneworld, £16.99

Born in 1968, Assaf Gavron is part of the same generation of Israeli writers as Etgar Keret and Eshkol Nevo. All three were born between the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War. The Hilltop is Gavron's fifth novel and has received considerable acclaim in Israel.

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Review: Plato at the Googleplex

By Hester Abrams, November 6, 2014

By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Atlantic Books, £16.99 (ebook £14)

What would Plato say? is a question seldom heard these days.

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