Literature

Novel twist from an ex-Mossad man

By Jenni Frazer, October 3, 2013

Spy thrillers are always suspect, aren’t they? Either the writer is boasting about his or her expertise, or they tip over from the preposterous into parody. Not so with the thrillers of Mishka Ben-David, the first of which, Duet in Beirut, is published in English for the first time this month. For 12 years Ben-David was a Mossad operative — and it shows.

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Catholic Church probes Chesterton sainthood bid

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

The priest investigating whether author G K Chesterton should be made a saint has said he will take account of Jewish concerns about the writer’s antisemitism.

Canon John Udris has been asked by the Catholic Diocese of Northampton to begin the lenghty process of considering Chesterton for canonisation.

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The UK needs truly authentic children's books - now

By Madelyn Travis, September 18, 2013

When I was growing up in New York, the local library stocked a generous selection of Jewish fiction for young people.

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Can this Jew-hater G K Chesterton be a saint?

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 18, 2013

I never cease to be amazed at the lengths to which some will go to excuse or belittle clear expressions of antisemitism articulated by public figures, present or past. The issue of G K Chesterton, to which Oliver Kamm brought our attention in the JC last month, is a case in point.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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