Jewish books

Authors find novel way to help refugees

By Daniel Sugarman, September 29, 2016

Jewish authors are taking part in an initiative to raise funds for refugee charities.

“Authors for Refugees” has brought together over 100 published writers who are offering prizes which readers can bid for online.


Holocaust history claims £4,000 JQ Wingate book prize

By Charlotte Oliver, March 14, 2016

An 863-page history of the Nazi concentration camps has won this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize.

Nikolaus Wachsmann won the honour for his sweeping study KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps.


Jewish Book Week: This is our festival of ideas

By Gerald Jacobs, December 3, 2015

'The festival will always reflect the taste of its director," Lucy Silver boldly asserts. Now in her second year of directing Jewish Book Week - the 2016 programme for which has just been released - she can draw on a breadth of interests that offers a clue to JBW's continuing success.


Michel Laub and Thomas Harding win JQ-Wingate Prize for books on the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Michel Laub has won the prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize for fiction for his Holocaust memoir, Diary of the Fall, while the non-fiction award has gone to Thomas Harding's The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz.

In a departure from recent tradition, the award was split into fiction and non-fiction sections.


Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.


Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2014

Anthony Horowitz, author of the teen spy series Alex Rider, is set to write the next James Bond adventure.

Mr Horowitz told the BBC that Ian Fleming’s hero had a profound influence on his life, adding: “This is a book I had to write.”

The author was given permission to write the novel by the Fleming estate.


Howard Jacobson makes it to Man Booker shortlist

By Rosa Doherty, September 9, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced today.

The author has been nominated for his book J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson, who once described himself as "a Jewish Jane Austen", won the prize in 2010 with his novel, The Finkler Question.


Stefan Zweig - a reputation regained

By Oliver Kamm, May 9, 2014

Stefan Zweig, one of the most popular authors of his time, killed himself in February 1942, at the age of 60. He took poison. So did his wife, Lotte.

They were in exile in the Brazilian town of Petropolis. Zweig’s neatly handwritten suicide note is stored at the National Library of Israel. It’s a poignant reflection on his years of wandering since leaving Austria in 1934.


Maimonides - a philosopher for all time

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

In each of his three successive main works, Moses Maimonides made a major contribution to Jewish thought any one of which would have secured him a place in the annals of Jewish history.


Jewish figures condemn government's prison books plan

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A group of leading Jewish figures has condemned government regulations preventing prison inmates receiving books through the post.

In a letter to The Times signed by 18 rabbis, journalists and activists, the group wrote: “Jewish culture is united by a deep-rooted conviction in the power of the written word. We are therefore sensitive to any attempt to restrict access to books.”