Review: Endgame

By David Edmonds, May 31, 2011

By Frank Brady
Constable, £20

'You are a good man, a good person, so you are not a Jew."

In his well-researched and enjoyable new biography of Bobby Fischer, Frank Brady quotes this Fischer remark to the Hungarian grandmaster Andrei Lilenthal.


Review: The Free World

By Fran Bigman, May 31, 2011

By David Bezmozgis

David Bezmozgis's stunning short-story collection Natasha traced a Latvian-Jewish family's bumpy adjustment to life in 1980s Toronto. In this witty, assured first novel, which makes good on Natasha's promise, his characters never reach their destination.


Review: The Football Men

By Simon Inglis, May 23, 2011

By Simon Kuper
Simon & Schuster, £16.99

Arthur Hopcraft's book, The Football Man came out in 1968, the year in which 33,785 spectators watched Aston Villa lose to Queen's Park Rangers on the last day of the season. Had it not been for my heartless parents, the total would have been 33,786. All right, so it was my barmitzvah that day, but I could have got home in time for the party.


Review: Lennox and Freda

By Rodney Greenberg, May 23, 2011

By Tony Scotland
Michael Russell Publishing, £28


Review: Money and Power

By Alex Brummer, May 18, 2011

By William D. Cohan
Allen lane £25

Investment banker-turned-author William Cohan is becoming the master of the Wall Street biography. Having plundered the archives at his former employer Lazard and chronicled the rise and fall of Bear Stearns & Co in House of Cards, he has now aimed even higher with an examination of Goldman Sachs.


Review: The English German Girl

By Eva Tucker, May 18, 2011

By Jake Wallis Simons
Polygon, £12.99

Jake Wallis Simons's 2005 first novel The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew was well received. His new one, chronicling Rosa Klein's Berlin childhood in Nazi Germany and her escape to England on a Kindertransport, is an ambitious, courageous book.


Review: Bento's Sketchbook

By Jonathan Beckman, May 10, 2011

By John Berger
Verso, £14.99


A Philosophical Retrospective: Facts, Values & Jewish Identity

By David Conway, May 10, 2011

By Alan Montefiore
Columbia University Press, £20.50

Alan Montefiore is a scion of one of Anglo-Jewry's most illustrious families, the eldest grandson of Charles Claude Montefiore, founder of Liberal Judaism at the beginning of the last century.


Review: Broadening Jewish History

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 29, 2011

By Todd M Endelman
The Littman Library, £39.50


Review: Comedy in a Minor Key

By Mark Glanville, April 29, 2011

By Hans Keilson (Trans: Damion Searls)
Hesperus Press, £9.99