Every Home Needs a Balcony

By Amanda Hopkinson, September 21, 2010

By Rina Frank (Trans: Ora Cummings)
Fourth Estate, £12.99

This somewhat cumbersome title provides a running theme for the narrator of this at times fascinating memoir. Born a sabra to Romanian immigrants, whose turbulent private life is hung out to dry just like their faded washing, Rina Frank (whom we assume is the person inhabiting the narrator's identity) graduates through various balconied apartments to marry into a Catalan Sephardi family "with a 50ft-long balcony stretching from the dining area to the red velvet reception room".


The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict

By Vernon Bogdanor, September 16, 2010

By Jonathan Schneer
Bloomsbury, £25

On December 2 1917, in the midst of the First World War, a meeting was held in the London Opera House in Kingsway. The hall, designed to hold 2,700 people, was filled to capacity.


Review: Rise and Shine:

By Madeleine Kingsley, September 16, 2010

Rise and Shine: The extraordinary storyof one man's journey from near death to full recovery

By Simon Lewis
Santa Monica Press, £17.99

'You never get to make the two decisions of real importance in your life: how you arrive and when you leave."

So reflects Simon Lewis, in Rise and Shine, his searing story of survival. By all medical yardsticks, the broken-bodied, brain-damaged Lewis was beyond saving that night in March 1994 when his brand-new car was struck by a high-speed, hit-and-run driver.


Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography

By David Cesarani, September 7, 2010

By Adam Sisma
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25

To readers of the Jewish Chronicle, as to most of the British public, Hugh Trevor-Roper is probably most familiar as the historian who was fooled into authenticating the "Hitler Diaries" in 1983. Yet there was far more to his life and career than this, including a sustained interest in Jewish history and a wide circle of Jewish friends.


Interview: Gabriel Josipovici

By David Herman, September 2, 2010

There could hardly be a more English setting for our meeting: lunch in a country pub in Sussex, near the home where Gabriel Josipovici has lived for almost half-a-century. It is a long way from Vichy France, where Josipovici was born in 1940, "on the last day on which my parents could have escaped from war-torn Europe".


Review: Scribble, Scribble, Scribble

By Vernon Bogdanor, September 2, 2010

By Simon Schama
Bodley Head, £20

Simon Schama established his academic reputation with a solid and scholarly work on Dutch history during the period of the French revolution. He established his popular reputation with a series of television programmes, later a book, charting the history of Britain from earliest times to the 20th century.


Review: Tokyo Vice

By Toby Lichtig, August 26, 2010

By Jake Adelstein
Constable, £8.99

Jake Adelstein is a tough-nut journalist of the old school: a bourbon-slugging, chain-smoking, smooth-talking cynic with a sharp eye for a story and a strong sense of injustice. Fresh out of university, this "weird Jewish guy" from Missouri rocks up in Tokyo and dazzles his way into a reporting job at Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper.


Review: To the End of the Land

By David Herman, August 26, 2010

By David Grossman
Jonathan Cape £18.99

The lavish praise already heaped upon David Grossman's huge, ambitious new novel - Paul Auster has called it "a book of overwhelming power and intensity" and compares Grossman to Flaubert and Tolstoy; Nicole Krauss has written: "Very rarely, a few times in a lifetime, you open a book and when you close it again nothing can ever be the same" - is vastly overstated.


Review: Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

By David Goldberg, August 19, 2010

By Kai Bird
Simon & Schuster, £17.99

This is an engaging memoir, although its subtitle - Coming of Age between the Arabs and the Israelis 1956-1978 - is a misnomer. In fact, the author arrived in east Jerusalem with his parents as a four-year-old a few weeks before the Suez War of 1956. He was evacuated with his mother to Beirut at the outset of hostilities, did not return until the summer of 1957, and spent only a further few months crossing to school in west Jerusalem.


Review: This Room In The Sunlight

By Michael Horovitz, August 19, 2010

By Bernard Kops
David Paul, £9.99