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.


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.