Book review

Ayelet Waldman: a mother's tale

By Sipora Levy, May 23, 2014

Ayelet Waldman seems to have it all. Not only has she had two successful careers — first as a defence lawyer and now as an acclaimed writer — but she has also enjoyed a long and happy marriage to the Pulitzer prizewinning novelist Michael Chabon, with whom she has four beautiful children.

Yet, in Bad Mother, she sets out to describe her imperfections.

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A better mother than a writer?

By David Herman, May 23, 2014

Love and Treasure author Ayelet Waldman has written seven mystery novels, The Mommy-Track Mysteries, and three other works of fiction but is probably best known for Bad Mother, which set off a lively controversy when first published in the US in 2009.

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Maths made interesting, even for the number-phobic

By Simon Round, May 23, 2014

What is your favourite number? Statistically, it is likely to be 7, according to research by Alex Bellos, the author of this follow-up to his popular book on maths, Alex in Numberland.

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Bernard Kops - not just an East End chronicler

By Jeremy Solomons, May 16, 2014

Bernard Kops, who is now 87, is best known as a vivid chronicler of the Jewish East End. But, in Bernard Kops: Fantasist, London Jew, Apocalyptic Humorist (Rowman & Littlefield, £39.95) William Baker and Jeanette Roberts Shumaker offer a view of the vast range of a fearless, fascinating writer.

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Andrew Sanger: love and loathing in London

By Amanda Craig, May 16, 2014

Andrew Sanger’s second novel, set in North London, is about the confluence of three strangers who change each other’s lives.

Bernard Kassin is an observant Jew and family man who has taken it upon himself to be vigilant for his community, acting on behalf of the elderly and frightened and against planning appeals and corrupt officials.

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Alice Hoffman's freak show

By Madeleine Kingsley, May 16, 2014

Lyrical and luminous, The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Alice Hoffman’s love story of, and for, bygone New York. Anyone who’s read her Masada novel, The Dovekeepers, already knows that Hoffman is no plain prose author, more a mistress of dreamscape and illusion.

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Pleading hearts and sanity inspectors

By David Herman, April 25, 2014

Lisa Appignanesi has written or edited more than 20 books. Her novels and her non-fiction are both marked by a preoccupation with passion and the mind, notably the darker areas of both.

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Idealist and realist: rich blend of Zionism’s instigator

By Oliver Kamm, December 12, 2013

HERZL: THEODOR HERZL AND THE FOUNDATION OF THE JEWISH STATE
By Shlomo Avineri
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20
REVIEWED BY OLIVER KAMM

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Ready, aim… best-selling scientist targeted for his ‘dangerous’ views

By J Po'Malley, March 8, 2013

I have spent less than three minutes in the company of Jared Diamond and he assures me that he does not pose a threat to my life.

“I can promise you that I have not made a move to kill you yet. Nor have I detected any move on your part to kill me. But in a traditional society both of us would have made a move to kill each other by now, or else run away,” he says solemnly.

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Sisters in step: feisty, funny female fighters for Israel

By Amanda Craig, February 27, 2013

What is it like to be a woman soldier in the Israel Defence Forces? The 25-year-old Israeli novelist Shani Boianjiu has personal experience of it, and her answer is: a mixture of boredom, fear and sexual frustration.

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