Books

Review: Loose Connections

By Madeleine Kingsley, May 26, 2015

No Jewish book lover of a certain age and Mittel European extraction should miss out on Esther Menell's memoir, Loose Connections. True to its title, this meanders - in a most cultivated and colourful way - through Menell's 80 years and her career in what was arguably the golden age of publishing.

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Review: Wake Up, Sir!

By David Herman, May 23, 2015

There are some terrible ideas for novels. For example, I would have paid good money to have overheard the conversation when Martin Amis told his publisher that The Zone of Interest was going to be a comic sex romp set in Auschwitz.

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I have always told stories through music - now it's words

By James Green, May 21, 2015

Ella Leya is a long way from her roots. Rabbi's wife, Hollywood singer and composer, she has now decided to reconnect with those roots with a semi-autobiographical novel, The Orphan Sky.

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Review: No refuge from racism

By Alan Montague, May 21, 2015

Liad Shoham's enjoyable, taut and pacy thriller Asylum City (Scribe, £8.99) is set around the African migrant community in Tel Aviv, and - after the recent riots in Israel involving Ethiopians demonstrating against mistreatment by the police - it seems shockingly real.

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KL: A History of the Concentration Camps

By David Cesarani, May 14, 2015

By Nicholas Wachsmann
Little, Brown, £25

An uschwitz is a universal symbol of evil and the metonym for Jewish suffering under the Nazis. However, while it played a major part in the destruction of Jewish lives, it was not designed for that purpose. Though often taken to epitomise the concentration camps, it was hardly typical of the system.

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Review: Dancing With The Enemy

By Anne Garvey, May 14, 2015

By Paul Glaser
Oneworld, £12.99

Brought up a devout Catholic in post-war Holland, Paul Glaser discovered his true identity by the slenderest of chances. At a conference in Poland, the organisers propose a trip to Auschwitz. He is uninterested but, walking past a display of victims' carefully labelled suitcases, he sees his own name: Glaser.

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Out and about: Young Adult gay fiction

By Angela Kiverstein, May 14, 2015

While living on a narrow boat on the Macclesfield Canal, Liz Kessler had two book ideas - the tale of Emily Windsnap, a girl who discovers she is a mermaid, and the story of Ashleigh, who recognises she is a lesbian after falling in love with her English teacher. The mermaid series sold more than 4.4 million copies.

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Review: 'Paddington Pollaky' Private Detective

By Simon Round, May 8, 2015

So ubiquitous have the stories become of Sherlock Holmes and his pipe-smoking, deer-stalker profile, that many tourists visiting London believe that the fictional detective did actually inhabit 221b Baker St.

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Review: European Muslim Antisemitism

By Keith Kahn-Harris, May 8, 2015

As Günther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a "research gap" on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue.

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Review: Complete Poems by Jon Silkin and Portraits by Elaine Feinstein

By Peter Lawson, May 8, 2015

Jon Silkin's death in 1997 marked a huge loss to poetry. Silkin was a substantial literary presence, from his first volume The Peaceable Kingdom (1954) to his posthumously published Making a Republic (2002).

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