Tom Stoppard awarded Pinter literary prize

By Hannah Pupkewitz, August 1, 2013

Jewish playwright Tom Stoppard has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, one of the literary world's most prestigious accolades.

The prize is given annually in memory of the Nobel-winning Jewish playwright Harold Pinter to an outstanding British writer.


Orli’s plans for Britain impress David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

A Jewish schoolgirl has won a national writing competition to which Prime Minister David Cameron responded.

“Thirteen in 13”, launched by the Anne Frank Trust UK, asked anyone turning 13 in 2013 to say how they would make Britain a better place in an online letter to the prime minister.


Jewish writers on top of fiction list

By Hannah Pupkewitz, July 25, 2013

Charlotte Mendelson’s novel, Almost English, and Eve Harris’s The Marrying of Chani Kaufman have both been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

The two Jewish writers are among 13 authors of books nominated for the English-language fiction’s premier £50,000 prize.


The Flamethrowers

By David Herman, July 14, 2013

Rachel Kushner is an American living in LA. Her first novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award in 2008. Now comes her second, acclaimed by Vanity Fair for its “blazing prose”. Both writer and novel are being hyped to the skies. Do they deserve it?


Hill start for essayists

By Gerald Jacobs, July 7, 2013

Many are the clanger-dropping rejections that have been handed out over the centuries to writers, from Jane Austen to JK Rowling. And not just writers. When the Beatles failed an audition at Decca, they received the legendary consolation: “Sorry guys, but groups with guitars are on the way out.”


Tigers, tea and Ruby Wax at Hampstead literary festival

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2013

A tiger is unlikely to be on the guest list, but adults and children are invited to afternoon tea with author Judith Kerr at an annual London literary festival in September.


Grossman, Oz and Yehoshua fight eviction of Palestinian village

By Zoe Winograd, June 26, 2013

David Grossman, Amos Oz and AB Yehoshua are leading a campaign to stop the eviction of Palestinian villagers in the West Bank.

The three Israeli authors, together with 21 other writers, have signed a petition against the Israeli government’s decision to build a military base at the site where 1,000 Palestinian villagers currently live.


Finding the Suite smell of success

By Gerald Jacobs, June 13, 2013

As you read this, Harvey Weinstein is producing a film of the late French writer Irene Nemirovsky’s spectacularly celebrated novel, Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts. Meanwhile, acclaimed translator Sandra Smith is working on her 11th Nemirovsky title, Fires of Autumn — “a First-World-War Suite Francaise”.


How Chasidic life inspired the latest Miller’s tale

By Gerald Jacobs, June 13, 2013

A few years ago, novelist, film director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller and her children were rowing across the lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, when she spotted a crowd of Chasidic families enjoying a day out in the sunshine.


Heroine who turned a zoo into a refuge from the Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2013

The extraordinary story of a Holocaust heroine who saved Jews from the Nazis by hiding them in animal cages at Warsaw Zoo, has been published in Britain for the first time.

Diane Ackerman's bestselling book describes how Antonina Zabinski and her husband Jan - a keeper at the zoo - risked their lives to protect more than 300 people.