Books

We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers and Hart

By Daniel Snowman, March 26, 2015

By Dominic Symonds
Oxford University Press, £22.99

In 1938, Time magazine suggested that "nobody has ever fused words and music more effectively than Rodgers and Hart." Possibly.

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Review: Ismael and his Sisters

By Madeleine Kingsley, March 26, 2015

By Louise Stern
Granta, £12.99

Imagine a community where speech is soundless and hands do the talking. Such a place was Martha's Vineyard, now a stylish summer retreat but once home to so many deaf families that even the hearing conversed in signs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Review: A Childhood

By Kate Saunders, March 19, 2015

By Jona Oberski
Pushkin Press, £10

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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