Forty years after her death in America, where she had fled from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1941, the German-born philosopher Hannah Arendt is someone about whom opinion remains deeply divided, especially among her fellow Jews.
Sarah Lightman is a one-woman comics industry. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow and her research into Autobiographical Comics and Trauma has been published in numerous books and journals. Her visual diary, The Book of Sarah, will be published by Myriad Editions in 2016.
She is director of Laydeez do Comics, the foremost comics forum in the UK.
Vasily Grossman, the Soviet Jewish writer, has steadily acquired a deserved reputation among English-speaking readers. He was born in 1905 and showed great promise as a writer of fiction. During the Second World War, he turned his talent for prose to journalism, and filed despatches of historic significance for the Soviet newspaper Red Star.
Who does the letter belong to? Does it carry the same meaning for both the writer and the recipient? And what if it never reaches its final destination?
For American author, Amy Bloom, the unsent letter is just as revealing as the one that arrives on your doorstep. "You think of the letter as existing between the writer and the reader, but of course it exists as soon as it is written.
Much of Ian McEwan's best writing has been about children. From his astonishing early stories in the 1970s to The Child in Time and, above all, Atonement, he has seen childhood through a glass darkly. Whether it is what adults do to children or what children do to adults, it rarely ends well.
Ahron Bregman's new book is an intelligent, critical account of contemporary Israeli history after the 1967 Six-Day War. The conquered territories, occupied and then colonised, became an ideological albatross that has hung around Israel's neck ever since.
Two new books on aspects of Anglo-Jewish history cover a period from pre-Norman conquest to the present day. Both make a valuable contribution to our knowledge of Anglo-Jewry outside its traditional main centres of activity.