Never a Native by Alice Shalvi wins a 2018 National Jewish Book award

Our author Alice Shalvi, a tireless activist and at the forefront of feminism, has won a National Jewish Book Award for her memoirs, Never a Native.

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The Brondesbury Tapestry by Helen Harris is longlisted for the People’s Book Prize for Fiction.

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Never a Native by Alice Shalvi

Publication 20 September 2018


The memoir of Alice Shalvi, a pioneer in advancing the status of women in Israel and in religious girls' education. Well known as a public speaker and a social activist, Shalvi's contribution to Jewish education, to Israeli culture and to Jewish feminism has been widely recognized.


"Alice Shalvi is one of the few women in the world who lived through a world devastated by fascism, and advanced a democracy in which people are linked, not ranked. Reading about her past will inspire our future."

Gloria Steinem

"Alice Shalvi - feminist leader, seeker of justice, proponent of peace, innovative educator and one of Israel's most admired women - reflects poignantly on her personal and public odyssey in a book that blends her own challenges, achievements and failures with those of Israel during the past seventy years." 

Naomi Chazan

“Professor Alice Shalvi - scholar, educator, and heroic activist, tells the story of her life in a simple, almost matter-of-fact manner, as though each stage of her very rich and varied career simply flowed most naturally the one from the other. There is in this kind of presentation an underlying tone of modesty, one which downplays the struggles, the persistence and enormous energy which resulted in her massive achievements in the areas of social activism and feminism. This energy tempered with such modesty resonates as an undercurrent throughout this classic autobiography."

Daniel Sperber

 Coming Soon: The Flood by Zvi Jagendorf

Publication 4 October 2018


Is Jerusalem the centre of the world or the place where it will end?

For the people of this novel set around 1960 in the divided city, it is the end. There is no way out. In front of them lies the border and no man’s land; behind lies a nondescript little town and the road they won’t take away to normality and the sea.

 “It is as if T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land had come to 1960s Jerusalem…memorable, contemporary fiction at its best”

David Herman, The Jewish Chronicle

"Jagendorf handles the material with astonishing finesse, balancing the playfulness with a delicate and sensuous world of touch and smell, evoking a fragile world threatened by sorrows that cannot be forgotten."

James Hopkins, The Guardian, on Wolfy and the Strudelbakers





Alice Shalvi at Jewish Book Week 2019

‘The Dance of Faith and Doubt’ with Elif Shafak and Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Elif Shafak – award-winning novelist, political scientist, women’s rights activist and a TED Global speaker – is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Alice Shalvi, scholar, educator, women’s rights activist, seeker of justice and proponent of peace, is one of Israel’s most admired women. These two iconic women have much in common.

Together, Elif and Alice discuss their lives, their work, and their hopes with Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand.

This event takes place on Monday 4 March 2019 at 7pm at King’s Place. Find out more and buy tickets here.

‘Israel: A Jewish State or A State for Jews?’ with Ian Black, Anshel Pfeffer, James Sorene; chaired by Jon Silverman

Ever since the movement’ s inception, Zionists have advocated very different ideas of Israel: would the dream of Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Weizmann, Jabotinsky, Ben Gurion or Begin triumph? Would Israel be a ‘normal’ state, or a ‘light unto the nations’? The state that emerged, partially out of the ashes of the Shoah, became a refuge for those escaping the horrors of WWII and its aftermath, and to many a utopian ideal. Seventy years on, at the heart of one of the world’s most volatile regions, in a country that still struggles to define itself, was it ever possible for Israel to become the moral super state?

This event takes place on Saturday 2 March 2019 at 8:30pm at King’s Place. Info and tickets available here.


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.'  

Graham Swift


Seth Sinclair's obituary, and Shena Mackay's tribute in the Guardian.

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