All for the love of Jews

By David Conway, December 16, 2011

The People of the Book

By Gertrude Himmelfarb
Encounter Books, £15.99

The Road to Apocalypse

By Stanley and Munro Price
Notting Hill Editions £12


Review: The Things We Cherished

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2011

By Pam Jenoff
Sphere, £6.99

Meet Charlotte Gold, sassy lawyer who spurned the city to help criminal kids in Philadelphia. She has it all - or does she? Charlotte is secretly nursing a broken heart but could the man to make her happy have been there all along?


Review: A Book Forged in Hell

By David Conway, December 9, 2011

By Steven Nadler
Princeton University Press, £20.95

Philosophers often get up the noses of their contemporaries. For having inveigled his fellow Athenians into philosophical discussion, Socrates was condemned to death, having in their eyes thereby corrupted the city's youth.


Review: The Prague Cemetery

By David Herman, December 5, 2011

By Umberto Eco
Harvill Secker, £20


Sharon: The Life Of A Leader

By Geoffrey Paul, December 5, 2011

By Gilad Sharon
Harper, £24.99

There is an element of the surreal in the image conjured by his son of this once bluff, tough. roiling figure of a man now in the sixth year of a coma from which he is unlikely ever to emerge.


Departure and its aftermath

By Amanda Hopkinson, November 30, 2011

The Language of silence
By Merilyn Moos
Writersword, £11.99

By Sue Eckstein
Myriad Editions, £8.99

My Mother was Viennese
By Peter Flatter
Words By Design, £10


Interview: Alice Hoffman

By Simon Round, November 30, 2011

When journalists interview novelists, they invariably ask where the idea for a story came from. Almost as invariably, this is the question that novelists dislike most.


Review: Major/Minor

By Sipora Levy, November 21, 2011

By Alba Arikha
Quartet, £15

The brevity of Alba Arikha's memoir belies its depth and breadth. It is a moving story of a young woman's coming of age and her father's struggle to overcome his horrific early experiences.


Review: The List

By David Herman, November 21, 2011

By Martin Fletcher
Thomas Dunne Books, £17.99


Review: Dateline Jerusalem

By Jenni Frazer, November 14, 2011

By Eric Silver
Revel Barker Publishing, £15.99

He was, as they say, a reporter of the old school. His no-nonsense copy would arrive, even in the age of email, with his typical telex-era slug: "Pro-Jewish Chronicle London, ex-Eric Silver, Jerusalem."