Rivals, critics, enemies - I just couldn't stab them in the book

By Michael Rudman, November 20, 2014

There seems to be a trend for autobiographies that "settle scores".


Interview: Adele Geras

By Jennifer Lipman, November 20, 2014

"Hunger," says novelist Adele Geras, evoking life in besieged Jerusalem in 1948. "That's my main memory." Just four then, she vividly remembers sitting in the shelter at night hearing the guns, and later the victory parade.

Recalling the shortage of food, she describes how her uncle once managed to get his hands on a tin of sardines and sat all the cousins around their grandmother's big table.


Review: I'll Drink To That

By Angela Levin, November 20, 2014

By Betty Halbreich
Virago, £13.99

Betty Halbreich, the legendary personal shopper and stylist from New York, knows picking clothes for women is not just gathering stylish items from the rails.


Review: The Churchill Factor

By Andrew Rosemarine, November 13, 2014

By Boris Johnson
Hodder & Stoughton, £25

Certain characters in history are so sacrosanct that many believe touching them can bring you some of their golden halo. Henry V, pulveriser of the French, and Elizabeth I, invincible Armada sinker, spring to mind.

Could Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson become one of their number?


Review: The Impossible Exile

By Stoddard Martin, November 13, 2014

By George Prochnik

Among German-language authors of the early 20th century, Stefan Zweig is being repositioned near the top. Some contemporaries considered him "among the first rank of the second rate", to use Somerset Maugham's self-deprecation, and in the moments of depression that darkened his later years, Zweig may have seen truth as well as envy in such a tag.


Review: The Hilltop

By David Herman, November 6, 2014

By Assaf Gavron (Trans: Steven Cohen)
Oneworld, £16.99

Born in 1968, Assaf Gavron is part of the same generation of Israeli writers as Etgar Keret and Eshkol Nevo. All three were born between the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War. The Hilltop is Gavron's fifth novel and has received considerable acclaim in Israel.


Review: Plato at the Googleplex

By Hester Abrams, November 6, 2014

By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Atlantic Books, £16.99 (ebook £14)

What would Plato say? is a question seldom heard these days.


Interview: Herbert Kretzmer

By John Nathan, October 30, 2014

In Herbert Kretzmer's Holland Park house (which is as elegant and grand as you might expect a home belonging to the lyricist of the world's most successful show, Les Miserables, to be) hanging on the wall of the downstairs WC is evidence of Kretzmer's past life.


Review: How I Stopped Being A Jew

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

By Shlomo Sand

Verso, £9.99


Review: How to Ruin a Queen

By Natasha Lehrer, October 23, 2014

By Jonathan Beckman
John Murray, £20

In 1786, le tout Paris was transfixed by the sensational trial of Cardinal Rohan, accused not only of stealing a 2,800-carat diamond necklace but of implicating Marie Antoinette in the process. A rollicking tale of scheming mendacity, the affaire has long been considered a footnote to the last days of the ancien régime.