Why I write in Hebrew

By Sayed Kashua, September 13, 2013

About two years ago, I was in a western European city participating in an evening dedicated to literature. My host invited the audience to ask me questions. The first question came from a young Palestinian woman from a refugee camp in Lebanon. She declared that she had never read a single word I had written, and promised never to do so in the future.


Harris and Mendelson fail to make Man Booker shortlist

By Josh Jackman, September 10, 2013

Eve Harris and Charlotte Mendelson have missed out on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.

The two writers, both 40, had been longlisted along with 11 other novelists, but failed to make the cut on the six-strong shortlist, announced this week.


Howard Jacobson to rewrite Shakespeare

By Josh Jackman, September 9, 2013

Award-winning author Howard Jacobson has been commissioned to rewrite The Merchant of Venice.

Publisher Penguin Random House asked Mr Jacobson to write an updated prose “retelling” of the play as part of a series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.


David Harris-Gershon: ‘My sympathy for the family of bomber who almost killed my wife’

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2013

‘There are children who lost their father, a wife who lost her husband, and a mother who lost her son,” says author David Harris-Gershon, discussing the consequences of the bomb that ripped through a Hebrew University cafeteria in Jerusalem 11 years ago.


American author enjoys Test of character as Ashes writer

By Simon Round, August 26, 2013

W hen Durham County Cricket Club chiefs decided to recruit a writer in residence for the fourth Ashes Test at the Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street, their selection might, on the face of it, have seemed a tad bizarre —a Jewish American former professional basketball player.


The Book Thief

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013
An early peak at the film adaptation of Markus Zusak's best selling novel, The Book Thief. In the film, Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play the central characters who hide a Jewish man from the Nazis during the Second World War. Published in 2006, The Book Thief was listed on the The New York Times best seller list for over 230 weeks.


The more interesting face of publishing

By Gerald Jacobs, August 16, 2013

Today’s book trade has two distinct faces. Behind the smooth, younger-looking one sit Penguin Random House and Amazon-type conglomerates with their armies of marketing men and women. The other, more lined face is made up of independent publishers, small bookshops and individual enthusiasts.


Review: Building: Isaiah Berlin, Letters 1960-1975

By Josh Glancy, August 11, 2013

Isaiah Berlin believed that some human values would always clash, so it is perhaps no surprise that his legacy continues to divide opinion today. To adapt an old Jewish joke, get three people to talk about Isaiah Berlin, and get five different points of view.


A pretty much religious key to success

By Gerald Jacobs, August 7, 2013

Both the two novels by Jewish authors on the Man Booker longlist announced last week depict the claustrophobic anxieties of a young heroine locked within a powerful family hinterland. In Charlotte Mendelson’s Almost English, sparked by memories of her Hungarian grandparents, the family is, as she puts it, “the really embarrassing foreign kind”.


Editor quits as JQ hits 60

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2013

The search is on for a new editor of the venerable cultural journal, the Jewish Quarterly, after the resignation of Rachel Lasserson, the present holder of the post, who ran the JQ for seven years.

Ms Lasserson stepped down to “seek new challenges”, according to the JQ’s joint chair Mark Goldberg.