Doctor with the nerve to produce literary treatments

By Daniel Snowman, June 17, 2015

I must start by declaring an interest. It was Oliver Sacks's mother, Muriel Elsie Landau, who helped bring me into the world. One of the first female surgeons in England, her special expertise was in obstetrics and gynaecology while she also found time to be an active Zionist and to work for many Jewish causes. "Miss Landau" was a name I learned to revere as a child.


The Book of Aron: Atrocities sweetened for children

By David Herman, June 13, 2015

There is a growing genre of children's fiction about the Holocaust. In the past 10 years or so, we have had huge best-sellers like Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Now we have Jim Shepard's The Book of Aron (Quercus, £18.99).


Tellers of teenage tales

By Angela Kiverstein, June 10, 2015

When Keren David set out to write This is Not a Love Story (Atom, £6.99), her intention was "to write a book about mainstream Anglo-Jewish teenagers because there weren't any in the books I read when I was growing up, and hadn't been any since. We talk a lot about diversity in children's books and this was a glaring absence."


Born Survivors: the story of three lives that emerged within temples of hell

By Natasha Lehrer, June 7, 2015

The handsome man in uniform tweaked at their flesh as the women stood, shivering and ashamed, trying to shield their naked, newly shaven bodies from his gaze.


A colourful mystery: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

By Joy Sable, June 6, 2015

At one time or another, we have all surely harboured that Antiques Roadshow fantasy: the old painting gathering dust in the loft turns out to be a lost masterpiece worth millions. For Annie McDee, heroine of Hannah Rothschild's The Improbability of Love (Bloomsbury, £14.99), the chance acquisition of a centuries-old revered work of art is a mixed blessing.


Review: Goebbels

By Ben Barkow, June 5, 2015

Confronting this huge volume, written by the German historian Peter Longerich, I found it hard to believe that this much new information could have been uncovered about Goebbels. It seems like scholarship to be weighed by the kilo rather than by the insight. And indeed I doubt that reading every page of it will change your understanding of the Nazi regime or the Holocaust.


How an 'ology' brought me fame and riches

By Richard Phillips, May 28, 2015

Twenty eight years ago, I sat in my office in the J Walter Thompson advertising agency in Berkeley Square and bashed out a script for a British Telecom commercial. It contained this scene:

Grandmother to disconsolate grandson telling her about his GSCE results: "An ology? He got an ology!


Among the best of best

By David Herman, May 28, 2015

Adam Kirsch is one of the best young literary critics in America. Rocket and Lightship (W W Norton, £17.99) is a collection of his previously published essays, mostly in American literary magazines, and they show why literary journalism is so much better in America than it is here.


Review: In The Unlikely Event

By Jennifer Lipman, May 28, 2015

I can't be alone in having Judy Blume to thank for introducing me to subjects including those as varied as racism, bra size, the Nazis, and underage sex. The bestselling American writer has authored nearly 30 novels for adults, teenagers and younger children since starting out in 1969, and her latest comes with an endorsement from Girls star Lena Dunham, no less.

From Are You There God?


Keyboard to keyboard

By Michael Knipe, May 28, 2015

G oodness gracious me!