Naomi Shepherd was born and educated in Britain but has lived most of her adult life in Israel. She is also a prize-wining historian, biographer, journalist and documentary maker.
‘The short stories in Naomi Shepherd’s collection Ashes are a delight. In them we encounter themes of adultery, love, jealousy, loss, guilt, encroaching age, et cetera, set in an Israel of many modes, and Israel shaped by its heritage, its history, and, above all, its inhabitants, Jew and Arab, all gathered together not so much in a melting pot as in a stew concocted of intractable, discordant elements. We are presented, in short, with an anatomy of Israeli society, a species of social tragic-comedy.’
Alan Isler, author of The Prince of West End Avenue
‘the book’s lightness of tone belies a much darker vision’
Times Literary Supplement
‘engaging, thoughtful stories’
The Jewish Quarterly