Publication 5 July 2018
Since his first public appearance in the late 1590s, Shylock has been synonymous with antisemitism. Many of his bon mots remain common currency with Jew-haters; among them "3000 ducats" and the immortal "pound of flesh". But Shakespeare, being Shakespeare, was incapable of inventing anyone so uninteresting; instead he affords Shylock such ambiguity that some of his other lines have become keynotes for believers in shared humanity and tolerance.
Following Shakespeare's example these stories – all inspired by The Merchant of Venice – range from the comic to the melancholic.
Running through these linked stories – of which there are seven, like the ages of man – is the cycle of family life, with all its comedy and tragedy.
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Clive Sinclair (1948 - 2018)
'Clive Sinclair was one of the unsung heroes. That is, he was sung but he wasn't sung enough. His own voice, incisive but playful, cracking with humour, subversion and perception, was one of the most distinctive voices of his generation.'
Rabbi Abraham Levy at Jewish Book Week 2018
7 March 2018
Abraham Levy discusses his memoir, A Rocky Road, with Norman Lebrecht. Rabbi Levy’s memoir, co-written with Simon Rocker, explores his devotion to, and influence on, Jewish public life and the Sephardi community in London for over 50 years.
You can watch the full event, which took place at Jewish Book Week on 7 March 2018, here.
The Brondesbury Tapestry by Helen Harris
'Essentially, this is about how we view ourselves and others and the persona that we each present to the world. I absolutely loved this book and encourage you to discover this delightful novel for yourself. '
Left on the Shelf
'... intriguing, quirky and thought provoking. The stories the characters tell serve to illustrate that there is really no such thing as an “ordinary" life...'
'This is not a book about older people self indulgently looking back on their lives through rosy hues … but about the unique perspectives we have of our own lives, how others might see things differently, but ultimately how liberating and empowering it can be to give our own version of events, whatever the truth. It is for us to decide how much to reveal, how much to leave out, how much to embellish, how much to replace, and how much to invent from scratch. The reader is challenged to wonder how we would write our own life story!'