In 2010, aged 35, Rebecca Traister got engaged. Friends and family were delighted, but their reaction made her feel uncomfortable. "Some of the social approval I was getting really bothered me - the hearty congratulations - as if getting married was the greatest thing," she says.
By Denise George and Josh Aronson Penguin Random House, £19.99
Six months ago, when a double-bass player from Aleppo formed an orchestra of Syrian exiles in the heart of Germany, it was hard not to be reminded of the extraordinary origins of the future Israel Philharmonic, a band of German exiles drawn from the heart of darkness.
David Solomons may have 1a>won this year’s children’s book prize1b>, but he follows a long line of successful Jewish children’s authors. Here’s our top ten – be sure to add yours, as ours is entirely subjective.
One hundred years ago a small group of Irish men and women staged a military uprising from Dublin's General Post Office in a futile attempt to throw off the British yoke and achieve Irish independence. The leadership of the uprising were foolishly executed after courts-martial. They became martyrs in a religious country which believed in martyrdom.