Dickens’s Jew — from evil to delightful

By Charles Drazin, May 3, 2013

When David Lean directed Oliver Twist 65 years ago, the character of Fagin had already been long established as a popular villain. There was the serialisation and subsequent editions of Charles Dickens's novel, while the celebrated actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree played the part in a successful stage version in 1905. And there had been many film adaptations.


The tragic poet Oscar Wilde called a genius

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

A handwritten poem written by one of Victorian Jewry's most highly-regarded writers and feminist thinkers shortly before her suicide is expected to fetch up to £3,000 when it is auctioned next month.


Book gives crash course on glatt sex for Orthodox

By Nathan Jeffay, April 26, 2013

In 1999, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wrote Kosher Sex. Now, there’s glatt sex.

For what is believed to be the first time, from next month, Charedim will be able to buy a Hebrew-language sex guide written especially for them.


Review: Children of the sun

By John Nathan, April 22, 2013

Unlike his contemporary Chekhov, it’s not only Russia’s pre-revolutionary privileged class who populate Maxim Gorky’s plays but a hostile and starving proletariat. This work, which the political dramatist and activist wrote from his St Petersburg prison during Russia’s aborted 1905 revolution, gives a sense of them circling the home of scientist Protasov.


Herzog play for London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

The play that put a Jewish-American writer in the running for a Pulitzer Prize, will be staged in London next month.

Amy Herzog was named as a finalist for the most prestigious award in American culture this week, for 4000 Miles, her drama about the reunion between a communist grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson.


Last woman standing as four fail to make shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

With five Jewish writers nominated for the annual Women’s Prize for Fiction, sheer probability alone would have meant at least one would make the shortlist.

In the event, only A M Homes remains a contender for the £30,000 award— formerly called the Orange Prize — after Francesca Segal, Shani Boianjiu, Deborah Copaken Kogan and Sheila Heti failed to make the cut this week.


My Granta moment made mum proud

By Clive Sinclair, April 18, 2013

Back when I was young, lists seemed like fences on the open range. But secretly I was pleased to be corralled among other literary thoroughbreds. Did being on Granta’s first-ever list 30 years ago make a difference to anything other than my ego? You bet.


Revealed: the UK’s best young writers

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

A rabbi's son and the author of a book about a rabbi's daughter have been named as two of the most promising novelists in the country.


Women's Prize for Fiction: AM Homes on shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

Jewish novelist AM Homes remains in the running for the annual Women's Prize for Fiction following the shortlist announcement this morning.

The author is shortlisted for the £30,000 prize – formerly the Orange Prize – for her novel May We Be Forgiven, of which JC critic Madeleine Kingsley wrote: "I would not lose a word of her whip-sharp wit or unerring dialogue".


Naomi Alderman, Benjamin Markovits on 2013 Granta List

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Jewish novelists Naomi Alderman and Benjamin Markovits have been named among the 20 most promising young British writers by Granta on its prestigious once-a-decade list.

The Granta List, which first appeared in 1983, identifies 20 promising wordsmiths under the age of 40.