At the end of a world

By Stoddard Martin, December 3, 2015

All For Nothing, by the late Walter Kempowski, now revived by Granta (£14.99), is set in a run-down manor near a main thoroughfare in East Prussia in January 1945. Its protagonists are normal, civilised yet blinkered gentry. The fearful thing is the approach of a vengeful Red Army.

Life in the manless household is relatively easy.


Why boredom's my best therapy

By Bonnie Estridge, November 26, 2015

For a man who worked for 10 years in a family business retailing computers and calculators in the 1980s, the leap to becoming a successful specialist in the field of therapies such as Clinical Hypnotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and counselling has been a remarkable one for Michael Cohen.


Review: Hysteria

By Ivy Garlitz, November 26, 2015

By Richard Appignanesi (words) and Oscar Zarate (illustrations)
Self Made Hero, £14.99

In Hysteria - the latest in the Graphic Freud series based on Freud's case studies - Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate explore the foundation of psychoanalysis.


Israel's Agatha Christie

By Leigh Lewis, November 26, 2015

Morse, Wallander, Adam Dalgliesh, Michael Ohayon... Michael who?

You may not have heard of Chief Superintendent Ohayon, the introverted, cerebral hero of Israel's stand-out crime writer, Batya Gur. She wrote just six novels featuring the fictional head of Jerusalem's murder squad. Each depicts a different microcosm of Israeli society. Each unravels the truth about a killing within a community.


Review: Heroic Measures

By Madeleine Kingsley, November 26, 2015

By Jill Ciment
Pushkin Press, £7.99

As the topographical star of Jill Ciment's novel, Heroic Measures, New York is indeed a wonderful town - but a town in chaos and under threat.

An abandoned fuel truck is blocking the main tunnel, and the missing driver may - or may not be - a bomb-toting terrorist.


Zionism for the people

By Keith Kahn-Harris, November 19, 2015

Asher Ginsberg, the influential Zionist thinker better known by his pen name Ahad Ha'am ("One of the people"), died in 1927, long before the state of Israel had come into being.


Review: eYE Marty

By Andrew Merriman, November 19, 2015

By Marty Feldman
Coronet, £20

Thirty three years after the death of the comedy writer and performer Marty Feldman, readers of this "newly discovered autobiography of a comic genius" should take heed of an early warning in it that "nobody's autobiography tells the whole truth… you lie about something you know about to make it more interesting."

But there is still much cand


Review: Nietszche's Jewish Problem

By David Conway, November 19, 2015

By Robert C Holub
Princeton University Press, £24.95

After the Second World War, a campaign successfully restored Nietzsche's reputation by repudiating any suggestion that he harboured genuine antisemitic sentiments.


Review: A Woman on the Edge of Time

By Hester Abrams, November 12, 2015

By Jeremy Gavron
Scribe, £16.99

Declaration of interest: I knew Jeremy Gavron at university, through one of the people who features in this book. Well, to say that I knew him would be an exaggeration; the main thing I understood about him I had picked up from my friend amid the hearsay of the Cambridge social whirl.


Review: The White Road

By Monica Bohm-Duchen, November 12, 2015

By Edmund de Waal
Vintage, £20

Ceramic artist Ed-mund de Waal's surprise bestseller, The Hare with Amber Eyes, first published in 2010, must have been a hard act to follow.