Book review

Children’s books: Outside interests

By Angela Kiverstein, January 11, 2013

Introduce toddlers to the eco-friendly message of Tu Bishvat (January 25) with Thank You Trees, a board book by Gail Langer Karowski and Marilyn E. Gootman (Kar-Ben, £4.99). The rhymes are not exactly Dr Seuss, but Kristen Balouch’s friendly illustrations will stimulate discussion.


How relationships create pain

By Amanda Hopkinson, January 11, 2013

The Misunderstanding is a meditation on the nature of unhappiness. Denise is in love with Yves who hates himself. As Denise becomes infected with a sense of self-destruction following Yves’s fall from financial grace, her urbane mother advises her to take a second suitor. She picks her raffish young cousin Jaja, who plays the ardent lover to her coy beloved.


World as slaughterhouse

By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, January 11, 2013

A conservative estimate of the number of victims of mass murder since the beginning of the 20th century is 83 million. Add the victims of deliberate famine and the estimated total rises to between 127 and 175 million.


How to get ahead in the media, like Eliane Glaser

By David J Goldberg, August 23, 2012

Memo to any bright, ambitious, young person keen to make their way in the “meeja”. First, pick a topic ripe for easy demolition, such as the way in which TV, the press, PR, advertising, politics and big business all use spin, persuasion and distorted reality to influence our lives:


Moshe Dayan: From bed to battlefield

By Ahron Bregman, August 23, 2012

I first heard Moshe Dayan’s name when I was nine. It was June 1 1967. Israel was surrounded by Arab armies poised to attack. And it was my birthday. My dad gave me a big hug and said: “Son, the state of Israel has given you a birthday present — they’ve just nominated Moshe Dayan to the post of Defence Minister!”


Will Self's modernist mental surgery

By Josh Glancy, August 23, 2012

If it’s true that all literature is about death, then Will Self’s new Man Booker-longlisted homage to the modernist novel is exemplary. It is all about Death, specifically Audrey Death, a victim of encephalitis lethargia, or “sleeping sickness”.


Richard Ford's North America exposure

By David Herman, August 17, 2012

Richard Ford is one of America’s leading writers, best known for The Sportswriter (1986). Born in Mississippi, he has a dark sense of life in modern America, but none of his previous novels are as dark as Canada, which, the first sentence tells us, is a story of robbery and murders.


Alice Herz-Sommer: the pianist who's a true survivor

By Amos Witztum, May 22, 2012

Alice Herz-Sommer is 108 years old. She is a true survivor of the 20th century.