Personal Holocaust story on Man Booker longlist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust by an author who only recently discovered her Jewish heritage could take home this year's Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary prize, worth £50,000, was announced yesterday. One of the 13 books selected is by Canadian author Alison Pick.


Slumdog sequel snapped up by Paul Raphael

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

A Jewish producer is hoping his next film will be as successful as Slumdog Millionaire – with good reason.

Paul Raphael, the son of writer Frederic Raphael, who won an Oscar for his 1965 screenplay of Darling, has acquired the rights to the second novel by Vikas Swarup.


Horrid Henry's Jewish sidekick

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

When one of the naughtiest children in fiction is brought to the big screen later this month, a north London schoolboy will be making his red carpet debut alongside several showbiz legends.

Eleven-year-old Gabriel Werb, from Elstree, is in the film adaptation of the beloved Horrid Henry series.


Freedland gloom as Israel boycott is applauded

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A culture of "impunity, racism and genocidal tendencies has overtaken Israeli society", according to Palestinian boycott activist and author Omar Barghouti.

Mr Barghouti was speaking in support of a boycott motion proposed at a London Literature Festival debate at the Southbank Centre on Sunday.

He was joined by Seni Seneviratne, a British-Sri Lankan poet who is a member of British Writers i


Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.


On this day: Erich Segal was born

By Anna Slater, June 16, 2011

Coming from two generations of rabbis, Erich Segal was expected to attend yeshiva and follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

But desperate to pursue a career in writing, he struck a deal with his father as a teenager. He would be allowed to attend a mainstream school, as long as he agreed to spend his evenings studying the Bible at the local Jewish Theological Seminary.


Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.


Israeli author wins prestigious Jewish literary award

By Gerald Jacobs, June 10, 2011

Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2011 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, the UK's foremost Jewish literature award. Early this week, a packed audience in the Stern Pissarro Gallery, off Pall Mall, heard writer Lisa Appignanesi, this year's chair of the JQ-Wingate judges, announce the result of the most eagerly awaited contest for many years.


Israeli David Grossman wins Wingate Prize for army story

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

An Israeli writer has won a £4,000 literary prize for his novel about a mother dealing with having a son in the IDF.

David Grossman was one of six writers of both fiction and non-fiction in the running for Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, which was presented last night in London.


Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen wins Spanish prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Leonard Cohen has been awarded a prize dubbed the Spanish Nobel Prize.

The legendary singer - songwriter is this year's recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. The prize, which will be given out at special ceremony in autumn, is worth £44,000.