Review: The Novel in the Viola

By David Herman, June 20, 2011

By Natasha Solomons
Sceptre, £12.99

Natasha Solomons published her first novel last year. Mr Rosenblum's List was the charming, bitter-sweet story of a Jewish refugee couple who come to Britain in the 1930s.


Interview: Nicole Krauss

By David Herman, June 6, 2011

When she was interviewed for the Radio 3 programme, Private Passions - in which guests tell Michael Berkeley about their favourite pieces of music - Nicole Krauss worried why she had chosen such melancholy pieces. Berkeley reassured her: "They are the pieces that move us most."


Review: I Found It At The Movies

By Clive Sinclair, June 6, 2011

By Philip French
Carcanet, £19.95

Back in the day, a New York detective's station boss was known - in the jargon - as his rabbi. Well, when it comes to the movies, Philip French is mine. Okay, his reviews, which have appeared regularly in the Observer for longer than I can remember, are not holy writ, but they are surely talmudic.


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