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Literary critic John Gross dies at 75

    The distinguished Jewish literary critic John Gross has died at the age of 75.

    Mr Gross, a prolific author and commentator who was described by The Spectator as “the best-read man in Britain”, spent seven years as editor of The Times Literary Supplement.

    He was also a books editor for the New York Times and the Sunday Telegraph’s theatre critic. In 1971 he chaired the judging panel of the Booker prize.

    His father was a Polish-born ex-rabbinical student who later moved to Mile End and trained as a doctor.

    Mr Gross grew up in what he described as a "residually Orthodox" family, attending City of London School and then Oxford University.

    In 2002 he wrote a memoir about his experiences growing up Jewish in wartime Britain.

    “A Double Thread” was described by academic Oliver Sacks as "a very beautiful and valuable book.”

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