Review: Suddenly, A Knock On The Door

By Francesca Segal, February 6, 2012

By Etgar Keret
(Trans: Miriam Shlesinger, Sondra Silverston and Nathan Englander)
Chatto & Windus, £12.99


Review: What The Grown-ups Were Doing

By Michelen Wandor, February 6, 2012

By Michele Hanson
Simon & Schuster, £14.99

Michele Hanson's Guardian columns are a model of confessional journalism. She consistently entertains with accounts of home life with three generations and a dog living in the same house. A male figure, called Fielding, comes and goes, and a daughter, called "daughter" is a support and friend.


Review: The Genius In My Basement

By Anne Garvey, January 27, 2012

By Alexander Masters
Fourth Estate, £16.99

Alexander Masters' book is the most original biography I have read in a long time. It is relentlessly amusing, deeply complex, and far superior to its acclaimed precursor, Stuart, a Life Backwards. I am still delving into the pages, randomly selecting chuckle-worthy snatches of prose.


Whatever Happened To British Jewish Studies?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 27, 2012

Tony Kushner and Hannah Ewence (Eds)
Vallentine Mitchell, £50

A half-century ago it would have been unthinkable to have embarked on an academic career in British-Jewish studies. Outside of the department of Hebrew at University College, London, virtually the only established university posts in this field were located in departments of theology.


Review: The New Jew in Film

By Alan Montague, January 13, 2012

By Nathan Abrams
I. B. Tauris, £14.99

Nathan Abrams must have got through an awful lot of popcorn.


Review: Lord of Misrule

By David Herman, January 13, 2012

By Jaimy Gordon
Quercus, £12.99

According to, number six in the Top 10 Moments for Jewish Women in 2010 was Jaimy Gordon winning the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction for Lord of Misrule. I don't wish to be critical but Jewish need to get out more.


Ben-Gurion: A Political Life

By Gilead Sher, January 6, 2012

By David Landau in conversation with Shimon Peres
Schocken, £14.99


Interview: Jonathan Waxman

By Simon Round, January 6, 2012

Jonathan Waxman's consulting room is a relaxing place - armchairs for the patients, a couch of the kind you might expect to see in a psychiatrists office… and a tropical fish-tank.


Location, location, location

By Peter Lawson, January 3, 2012

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
Adrienne Rich
Norton, £19.99

Centuries of Skin
Joanna Ezekiel
Ragged Raven, £7

Adam Horovitz
Headland, £7.95

The Full Heritage Experience
Maureen Sandler, Helen Sandler and Rosie Sandler
Tollington, £8.99

The Assay
Yvonne Green


Book club aims for a new chapter in Jewish-Arab relations

By Jessica Elgot, December 30, 2011

The Middle East conflict is not known for inspiring polite literary conversation. But among the piles of history books, novels and biographies in Joseph's Bookstore in north London, a bookish crowd is discussing Arab-Israeli relations, through the words of Muslim and Jewish authors.