Review: A Man Lies Dreaming

By David Herman, March 26, 2015

By Lavie Tidhar
Hodder and Stoughton, £18.99

November 1939: a beautiful and mysterious woman walks into a scruffy private eye's office. It is like something out of Raymond Chandler. What isn't from Chandler is the way the woman is described: "She had the face of an intelligent Jewess."

Lavie Tidhar is a young Israeli novelist, based in London.


The rebels who brought London to a standstill

By David Rosenberg, March 19, 2015

In the summer of 1889, the Great Dock Strike brought London's East End to a standstill. The East London News complained that "coal men; match girls; parcels postmen; car men… employees in jam, biscuit, rope, iron, screw, clothing and railway works," had found "some grievance, real and imaginary", to down tools as well.


Review: Roads Taken

By Clive Sinclair, March 19, 2015

By Hasia R. Diner
Yale University Press, £22.50

Midway through Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, when Willy Loman's tailspin is apparent to all, his wife issues her famous lament: "I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character who ever lived.


Review: A Childhood

By Kate Saunders, March 19, 2015

By Jona Oberski
Pushkin Press, £10


What Dad did in war

By Ben Barkow, March 19, 2015

Facing Fearful Odds: My Father's Story of Captivity, Escape and Resistance 1940-45 (Pen & Sword Books, £25) by John Jay is a testament to filial love. Its opening sentence, "My father should have written this book", goes to the heart of things.


Disturbing rise of the far right

By Colin Shindler, March 12, 2015

Israeli election campaigns are nowadays characterised by the breast-beating of an array of right-wing parties, each vying with their rivals in proclaiming their undiluted patriotism. They have become a permanent feature of Israeli governments in stark contrast to the displaced and isolated Israeli left.


Settlers and politics: it's like the Wild West

By Assaf Gavron, March 12, 2015

Last December, the Jewish Home Party released its video for the forthcoming election campaign.


Review: History of a Suicide

By Hester Abrams, March 12, 2015

By Jill Bialosky
Granta, £16.99

This is a beautiful and shattering book that brings down from heaven a woman from Cleveland, Ohio, on the cusp of adulthood, who loved cats and piggyback rides and longed for a father.

Jill Bialosky reconstructs the story of her 21-year-old sister Kim, youngest of four, whose bright future ended one April morning in 1990 when she was found dead in her


Pining for the past

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2015

There are better candidates for the role of a modern-day Job than Duncan Neville, but his luck isn't wonderful all the same. Duncan, the protagonist of Widows and Orphans (Arcadia, £14.99), Michael Arditti's ninth novel, is an earnest, good-hearted chap suffering largely for being out of kilter with his time and for never escaping his father's imposing shadow.


Review: Three Faces of an Angel

By Stoddard Martin, March 12, 2015

By Jiri Pehe
Jantar Publishing, £18

You do not have to twist yourself into an avant garde posture to read this book. It is a straightforward novel in successive voices about the tribulations of the past century, from a Czech point of view. You could say Bohemian, because the echt profile of that country is mixed, in language and ethnicity.