Books

Steinberg’s Vision to launch business festival

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 18, 2013

One of Liverpool’s leading Jewish figures has been tasked by the Prime Minister to deliver what is claimed to be the UK’s largest planned national business event since the 1950s.

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Children’s books: Outside interests

By Angela Kiverstein, January 11, 2013

Introduce toddlers to the eco-friendly message of Tu Bishvat (January 25) with Thank You Trees, a board book by Gail Langer Karowski and Marilyn E. Gootman (Kar-Ben, £4.99). The rhymes are not exactly Dr Seuss, but Kristen Balouch’s friendly illustrations will stimulate discussion.

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How relationships create pain

By Amanda Hopkinson, January 11, 2013

The Misunderstanding is a meditation on the nature of unhappiness. Denise is in love with Yves who hates himself. As Denise becomes infected with a sense of self-destruction following Yves’s fall from financial grace, her urbane mother advises her to take a second suitor. She picks her raffish young cousin Jaja, who plays the ardent lover to her coy beloved.

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World as slaughterhouse

By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, January 11, 2013

A conservative estimate of the number of victims of mass murder since the beginning of the 20th century is 83 million. Add the victims of deliberate famine and the estimated total rises to between 127 and 175 million.

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A Jewish Book Week to set our imaginations alight

By Zoe Winograd, January 10, 2013

The man responsible for the iconic London Olympic Games cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, will be one of the highlight speakers at this year’s Jewish Book Week. Mr Heatherwick, whose Jewish grandmother fled Nazi Germany to come to London, will speak about his art and new book, Thomas Heatherwick: Making.

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A brilliant, angry and divided self

By Kate Saunders, January 4, 2013

Only two? Jonathan Miller, famous practically since puberty, first burst upon the world as part of the legendary Beyond the Fringe team.

The reinvention of British comedy would be enough for most people, but Miller was running a concurrent career as a neurologist and also displaying his transformative genius as a director of theatre, television and opera.

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Stripped of conventional, high-cultural aspirations

By Stoddard Martin, January 4, 2013

"Naked” connotes truth. “Nude” was about beauty. Naked Nude thus confronts an old urge to the transcendent with uglier fact. That is the theme of this seductive book. Modernism is the crux: a movement which saw two millennia of classical standards as constricting and prohibitive.

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Devotion and dispute

By Emma Klein, January 4, 2013

Selina O’Grady’s fascinating 'Kings, Cults and Conquests at the Time of Jesus' (Atlantic, £20), focuses on identity and the interrelationship between politics and religion in a wide spectrum of societies around the outset of the Common Era.

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Horizontal horizons

By Anthony Rudolf, December 21, 2012

At the heart of this fine and moving book by a highly respected American Jewish psychoanalyst living in London is a universal theme that itself is at the heart of human existence: how change involves loss.

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Swift defeat sees Nazis in London

By Jenni Frazer, December 21, 2012

Recent literature has been full of “what-iffery” writing about the possible dystopian results of a German victory in the Second World War. From Martin Amis to Robert Harris, this is a well-trodden path, and, it has to be conceded, not one that wins universal applause.

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