Annabel Karmel had a tough 2014. In fact, it was "a hell of a year".
In May, the celebrity chef and best-selling author, who was made an MBE for her work in child nutrition, was dragged to an employment tribunal after being accused of sexual misconduct by her former salesman Mark Salter.
Books are at the very heart of Jewish life, and Jewish Book Week was formally established in the wake of efforts to eradicate European Judaism, its people and its culture, forever. The Nazis publicly burned Jewish books as a symbol of their intent to destroy the Jewish legacy.
By Charles Lewinsky (Trans: Shaun Whiteside) Atlantic Books, £17.99
Charles Lewinsky is a prolific, Jewish writer from Switzerland with almost 20 novels, 15 plays and a number of TV series to his name. His novel, Melnitz, is his first work to be translated into English. It is a huge, historical, family saga about the Meijers, a Jewish family in Switzerland.
Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.
I was in the process of getting divorced when I first discovered the classical myth of Psyche and Eros. Our family home of 20 years was being sold, my younger son was in his last year at school and my eldest was away at university. My soon to be ex-husband had settled with a new partner.
Every new generation changes the rule-book - sometimes it's a tweak, sometimes it's a wrench from the past. Even my own mother was considered somewhat unchaste by her parents for talking about boyfriends with my sister and me .The gramps would be turning in their graves if they knew about some of the fruitier chats I've had with my own daughter on the same subject.
How was it possible that during the 20th century people from Germany, a cultured nation at the heart of Europe, perpetrated such crimes? In my attempt to answer this, I was helped by two accidents of history. The first was I met many former Nazis at exactly the moment when most had nothing to lose by speaking openly.
There can't be too many Jewish reviewers as acquainted as I am with the 13th-century Franciscan friars who people David Flusfeder's book. You were perhaps studying Torah at Limmud while I notionally embarked on a medieval road trip (from Oxford to Viterbo) with John the Pupil, his two pilgrim sidekicks and a precious package for the Pope.