Books

Review: A Reunion of Ghosts

By Hephzibah Anderson, April 17, 2015

By Judith Claire Mitchell
4th Estate, £14.99

Judith Claire Mitchell's second novel takes the form of a 370-page suicide note. Make that a triple suicide note. It's also one of the sharpest, tartest, flat-out funniest books you're likely to read any time soon.

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Review: These are the Names

By David Herman, April 17, 2015

By Tommy WieringaScribe, £14.99

This is an astonishing book. Original, dark and quite unlike anything else I have read. And yet it speaks to the mood of our times. It is a novel about violence and barbarism, the fragility of civilisation and a world of people on the move, migrants desperate for a better life.

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Review: A Possibility of Violence

By Alan Montague, April 17, 2015

D A Mishani laments the fact that there is no famous Israeli detective - no Kurt Wallander or Sara Lund.

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Interview: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

By Josh Glancy, April 8, 2015

There is something passionate about the people of Israel. Born into a seemingly eternal conflict, they live faster and more sensuously than other people, as though they know that it could all end at any moment.

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Review: Lurid & Cute

By David Herman, April 8, 2015

By Adam Thirlwell
Jonathan Cape, £16.99

Adam Thirlwell has had a charmed life as a writer. He has written novels (Politics, The Escape and the "new kind of story" Kapow!). His Miss Herbert (2007) is one of the best books of literary criticism written in the past 30 years. He was chosen as one of Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists" both in 2003 and in 2013.

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Review: Nazi Germany and the Arab World

By Colin Shindler, April 8, 2015

By Francis R. Nicosia
Cambridge University Press, £60

What would have happened if Montgomery had lost at El Alamein and Hitler had defeated the Soviet Union?

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Plotting pirates

By Angela Kiverstein, April 8, 2015

The first piratical act in Daniel Handler's We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury Circus, £12.99) is a flamboyant burst of shoplifting by teenage Gwen.

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The painful secrets of my Jewish past

April 2, 2015

When my great-uncle Heino died, in 1973, I knew little about the circumstances leading to his suicide. "It was his heart," was all they said.

I was fond of this uncle, who would often visit from Paris and whose melancholy eyes were so often hidden, cast down into his Rolleiflex camera.

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Interview: Susan Pinker

By Bonnie Estridge, April 2, 2015

Why is it that so many of us lead insular lives? Somehow, we have good intentions, we promise to visit friends or relatives whom we haven't seen for years yet we put it off because we tell ourselves that we are "just too busy."

Before we know it, the months have passed. We bury our heads in the sand and carry on with our busy lives, becoming more and more insular.

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In awe of the art of the essay

By Lisa Appignanesi, April 2, 2015

Juddering along in the Tube the other day, deep under London, I was struck, not for the first time, by how much I love the personal essay form. I was reading a scintillating collection by the fine American writer, Phillip Lopate, in one of those compact and handsome Notting Hill Editions.

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