June 2019

March 2019

JEWISH CHRONICLE,

APRIL 3RD 2019

"The book is an epistolary gem — intellectually curious, lucid and literary (allusions to Swinburne, Shelley, Walt Whitman and others pepper her pages) — a window into Edwardian family life shaped by a powerfully progressive mother confined to her bath chair."

https://www.thejc.com/culture/books/book-review-words-in-pain-1.482522

Written “under sentence of death”, Words in Pain is a collection of letters by Olga Jacoby, a writer, thinker and rationalist whose passionate ideology leaps from its pages. Challenging her doctor, a Christian, she demonstrates her commitment to science, logic and social justice in these lively and erudite letters, in which she celebrates the power of nature.

 

First published posthumously in 1919, Words in Pain explores the emotional highs and lows of enduring terminal illness, including the knowledge that Jacoby would not see her four adopted children grow up. It conjures up the joys and sorrows of motherhood in the constrained circumstances of illness, and brings alive the social disapproval of adopting children in the first decade of the twentieth century, and of Jacoby’s progressive attitude to child-rearing. Her children appear in vivid colour here, as they find their own ways to understand their mother’s condition: 

 

“I was greatly amused by my boy explaining to me and his little sister that even should I die they would not lose me, as they would take my skeleton to keep in a corner of their nursery.”

 

Praised by the TLS of 1919 for its “sweetness and sanity”, Words in Pain now appears in a new, centenary edition, with supplementary notes on its many literary and socio-historical references and an Afterword on Jacoby’s life and death, written by her great-granddaughter.

Praise for Words in Pain: Letters on Life and Death

 

“This remarkable book charts the difficult journey of an intelligent and enlightened young woman, as she approaches her inevitable death with optimism, generosity and wit. It is stimulating, moving, profound, and extremely enjoyable.”

Mike Leigh

 

“These wonderful letters prove that true immortality lies in what we leave behind. For those of us who cannot accept the consolation of religion, they provide a sane and comforting view of how to live and, more importantly, die. They bear reading and re-reading and teach us how to live even when in the shadow of death. A feminist, rational and heartening voice about the big stuff—life and death.” 

Sandi Toksvig

“Words in Painis an epistolary treasure trove. By turns funny, touching, and intensely sad, Olga’s letters muse on timeless questions about the nature of life, love and death—questions which resonate powerfully today.”

Cathy Newman,broadcaster and author of Bloody Brilliant Women

 

“At a time of widespread truth decay, here is a glimpse into the distilled soul of a woman who prized honesty above everything. In the shadow of death, her resonant words make their way to our intellects via our hearts. The freshness, courage and insight of Olga Jacoby help us come to terms with human collage and complexity. This is a marvellous book.” 

Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge

“Most of us would feel anger mixed with profound depression if given only a short time to live at a young age, but Olga Jacoby was a rare creature who found the ability to rationalise her situation and reflect on it. In this book there is a series of letters, most of them to her doctor, that are soul-searching, charming and wise.  I feel privileged to have had access to the innermost thoughts of such a likeable, clever and courageous woman as she confronts her own mortality. Her words feel as relevant today as they must have when written in the early 20th century. Reading them makes me wish I could have been her friend.

Gill Paul, author of The Lost Daughter

“Words in Painis the first account of what we would now call assisted dying. The book is a poignant and erudite reminder that human nature does not change, and that this is one arena where our governance over ourselves has got harder and not easier in contemporary times. This is a book to read and read time and again.”

Dr Martin ScurrFRCP  FRCGP

“Profoundly moving, profoundly thought-provoking, Words in Pain brings alive Olga’s intelligence and humour and above all her vivid awareness of life, death, and what it means to be human.”

Emma Darwin, author of This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin

 “In this remarkable, moving and erudite glimpse of a life lived in the shadow of death, the reader encounters a rare story. It is one written mainly as letters to Olga Jacoby’s honoured, Christian doctor. Yet it is also, as Olga says, for the four young adopted children who survive her early death, and perhaps too, for the wider world.   Within this framework lie the most painful expressions of love and loss, towards and on behalf of her adopted children. The book’s editing is both meticulous and deeply personal, by her great-granddaughter and also someone who chanced upon this publication when already out of print and was determined to make it available. For this, all future readers will be extremely grateful.   

Margot Waddell, author of Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality

To hear extracts from Words in Pain, read

by actor Beth Eyre click on the triangle, right.

March 2019

JEWISH CHRONICLE,

APRIL 3RD 2019

"The book is an epistolary gem — intellectually curious, lucid and literary (allusions to Swinburne, Shelley, Walt Whitman and others pepper her pages) — a window into Edwardian family life shaped by a powerfully progressive mother confined to her bath chair."

https://www.thejc.com/culture/books/book-review-words-in-pain-1.482522

Written “under sentence of death”, Words in Pain is a collection of letters by Olga Jacoby, a writer, thinker and rationalist whose passionate ideology leaps from its pages. Challenging her doctor, a Christian, she demonstrates her commitment to science, logic and social justice in these lively and erudite letters, in which she celebrates the power of nature.

 

First published posthumously in 1919, Words in Pain explores the emotional highs and lows of enduring terminal illness, including the knowledge that Jacoby would not see her four adopted children grow up. It conjures up the joys and sorrows of motherhood in the constrained circumstances of illness, and brings alive the social disapproval of adopting children in the first decade of the twentieth century, and of Jacoby’s progressive attitude to child-rearing. Her children appear in vivid colour here, as they find their own ways to understand their mother’s condition: 

 

“I was greatly amused by my boy explaining to me and his little sister that even should I die they would not lose me, as they would take my skeleton to keep in a corner of their nursery.”

 

Praised by the TLS of 1919 for its “sweetness and sanity”, Words in Pain now appears in a new, centenary edition, with supplementary notes on its many literary and socio-historical references and an Afterword on Jacoby’s life and death, written by her great-granddaughter.

To hear extracts from Words in Pain, read

by actor Beth Eyre click on the triangle, right.

Praise for Words in Pain: Letters on Life and Death

 

“This remarkable book charts the difficult journey of an intelligent and enlightened young woman, as she approaches her inevitable death with optimism, generosity and wit. It is stimulating, moving, profound, and extremely enjoyable.”

Mike Leigh

 

“These wonderful letters prove that true immortality lies in what we leave behind. For those of us who cannot accept the consolation of religion, they provide a sane and comforting view of how to live and, more importantly, die. They bear reading and re-reading and teach us how to live even when in the shadow of death. A feminist, rational and heartening voice about the big stuff—life and death.” 

Sandi Toksvig

“Words in Painis an epistolary treasure trove. By turns funny, touching, and intensely sad, Olga’s letters muse on timeless questions about the nature of life, love and death—questions which resonate powerfully today.”

Cathy Newman,broadcaster and author of Bloody Brilliant Women

 

“At a time of widespread truth decay, here is a glimpse into the distilled soul of a woman who prized honesty above everything. In the shadow of death, her resonant words make their way to our intellects via our hearts. The freshness, courage and insight of Olga Jacoby help us come to terms with human collage and complexity. This is a marvellous book.” 

Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge

“Most of us would feel anger mixed with profound depression if given only a short time to live at a young age, but Olga Jacoby was a rare creature who found the ability to rationalise her situation and reflect on it. In this book there is a series of letters, most of them to her doctor, that are soul-searching, charming and wise.  I feel privileged to have had access to the innermost thoughts of such a likeable, clever and courageous woman as she confronts her own mortality. Her words feel as relevant today as they must have when written in the early 20th century. Reading them makes me wish I could have been her friend.

Gill Paul, author of The Lost Daughter

“Words in Painis the first account of what we would now call assisted dying. The book is a poignant and erudite reminder that human nature does not change, and that this is one arena where our governance over ourselves has got harder and not easier in contemporary times. This is a book to read and read time and again.”

Dr Martin ScurrFRCP  FRCGP

“Profoundly moving, profoundly thought-provoking, Words in Pain brings alive Olga’s intelligence and humour and above all her vivid awareness of life, death, and what it means to be human.”

Emma Darwin, author of This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin

 “In this remarkable, moving and erudite glimpse of a life lived in the shadow of death, the reader encounters a rare story. It is one written mainly as letters to Olga Jacoby’s honoured, Christian doctor. Yet it is also, as Olga says, for the four young adopted children who survive her early death, and perhaps too, for the wider world.   Within this framework lie the most painful expressions of love and loss, towards and on behalf of her adopted children. The book’s editing is both meticulous and deeply personal, by her great-granddaughter and also someone who chanced upon this publication when already out of print and was determined to make it available. For this, all future readers will be extremely grateful.   

Margot Waddell, author of Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality

A Modest Proposal...

Karl Sabbagh

A Modest Proposal...

... to solve the Palestine-Israel conflict

The title of this book is ironic. A Modest Proposal... sets out a solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict which is about as immodest as you could get – it will require a huge amount of effort, collaboration, fund-raising and organisation to achieve it.  But in Karl Sabbagh's view – and that of an increasing number of informed observers of the Middle East – it may be the only solution that will actually work by bringing peace to the region after a hundred years of mismanagement, cowardice, wishful thinking, and prejudice.

The solution is simple to describe – the establishment of a new state between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean in which Palestinians and Jews can live as citizens with equal religious, civil and political rights.  This new state will also be open to all Palestinians who were expelled from Palestine in 1948 and 1967 to return home to live.

What this book may do is perhaps force people to say “Well, if not this, then what?”  Because the one thing that cannot be denied is the right of people to live in the homeland from which they have been expelled.  If that right is not achievable for the Palestinians by this “modest proposal” for a single state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, combined with the right of return for Palestinians, what other option is there?

Paperback original £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-911072-26-3

Just out

The 70th anniversary of the Nakba and the establishment of the state of Israel

Politically Incorrect – Why a Jewish state is a bad idea

Ofra Yeshua-Lyth

Israel claims to be a modern democratic state, but Israeli writer Ofra Yeshua-Lyth reveals some startling truths about modern day Israel: how although 70% of Israelis do not follow the Jewish religion, all citizens are all subject to laws designed to favour religious Israelis over all others.  In matters of birth and death; marriage and divorce; finance and the military, Israel’s rabbis exercise iron control over governments, however secular they claim to be.  Ye-shua-Lyth sees the seeds of Israel’s demise in the growing tension between Israelis who want to lead modern secular lives, and those who wish Israel to continue in the iron grip of the rabbis.

Paperback

ISBN: 978191107204

£12.99

"The great strength of the book is in its vivacious, humorous and sensitive description of the impossible conditions normal, ordinary people in Israel find themselves, as a result of the national obsession with Jewish identity politics – a vehicle for excluding the Palestinian other, and the ideological foundation both for the 1948 Nakba, the seven decades of oppression and occupation, as well as a likely future ethnic cleansing. "  Haim Bresheeth

The Wit and Wisdom of Donald Trump

An essential guide to the thinking of the US President, handy for his state visit in July.  The book largely consists of blank pages, which makes it useful in case he says anything witty or wise while he is in the UK, since this can be noted down.  

As a free gift for protesters, this button leads to a template for a foldable dunce's hat that can be worn as his limo passes by:

ISBN: 978-1-911072-15-7

£10.00

Here Was Rome

Victor Sonkin

An unfamilar city can frighten the traveller with its variety and chaos; guidebooks add to the fear with their never-ending lists of dates and facts. This is especially unfair to Rome, the city where dozens of stray cats bask on the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated, and bureaucrats from the Ministry of Finance sit over the skeletons of Vestal virgins executed for breaking the vow of chastity. The task of Victor Sonkin's book is to conjure vague shadows from the pages of ancient writers and boring textbooks, giving them flesh and putting them back in the places where they had loved, fought, traded, and intrigued when alive.

Victor Sonkin’s book is majestic, wonderful and throbbing with life. It takes the dead place that was Ancient Rome and brings it to life. Sonkin revives the ghosts of Rome’s past and places them back in the places they loved, laughed, fought and died. Sonkin’s book is one of the finest imaginings of Ancient Rome published in recent years and is a must have for both enthusiasts of Ancient History and anyone who simply wants to explore the Eternal City.

Will Barber Taylor

Paperback, with flaps

ISBN

9781911072010

ISBN: 978-1-911072-12-6

Price: £25

Paperback

736 pp

Palestine: The Reality

J.M.N. Jeffries

Long out of print, this classic text still has a capacity to shock.  Jeffries was a Daily Mail journalist in the 1920s and 30s who covered the tumultous events in Palestine and saw more clearly than anyone else the injustices being perpetrated on the Palestinians.  In the centenary year of the Balfour Declaration it is a fresh and often angry account of the harm done by that half-baked letter by a British Foreign Secretary giving away someone else's land to the Jews."

"... it is a pity that [the Balfour Declaration]  cannot be lost from sight, and a greater pity that it has not yet been removed from our public records. Unlawful in issue, arbitrary in purpose, and deceitful in wording the Balfour Declaration is the most discreditable document to which a British Government has set its hand within memory." From Palestine: The Reality

"I Don't Want This Poem To End"

Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish was the leading Palestinian poet.  This collection is newly translated poems, interviews and prose from his final few years.

Darwish died during a heart operation in the US in 2008.  His friend Mohammad Shaheen has collected and translated a range of writings never before published in English. They include a letter he wrote to his brother from an israeli prison, an interview with Elias Khoury and many poems never before translated.

There is also a biographical introduction by Mohammad Shaheen.

Paperback original

ISBN: 9781911072096

Price: £12.99

"This alluring volume comprising three poetry collections from acclaimed Palestinian Darwish, available in English for the first time, also features complementary correspondence and essays on the poet's life, composition and activism... Shaheen delivers a volume ideally suited to both scholars and newcomers to Darwish's body of work." Publisher's Weekly

Being in Time

Gilad Atzmon

The events of 2016 – the UK vote to leave the EU, and the US Presidential Election – broke the mould which shaped ideas of democracy, politics and social identity. In this book Gilad Atzmon argues that Left and Right have become indistinguishable and meaningless in the post-political universe in which we now live, and much of humanity has been reduced to serving the interests of big money and oligarchies. The freedom to think openly is now just a distant memory. Being in Time is a courageous attempt to grasp the intellectual developments that led towards the current dystopia. It identifies the ideologies that have planted Identitarian politics and the tyranny of political correctness in our midst. The time is ripe to understand it all. Being in Time suggests that ‘after politics’ is a tale of the decisive victory of one elite.  

"Gilad Atzmon is a latterday Pascal, with his startling, spiritual pensees, 'beyond left and right', unafraid to tackle unpleasant truths. He explores the growth of identity politics and the reaction to it that produced Trump. Trump is an illusion too, and Atzmon provides a rudder to navigate the malaise that is gripping the West, with a clown now at the helm." Eric Walberg  

Paperback
ISBN No. 978-1-911072-20-1
Price: £10.00  160 pp

“One day, my desk mate told me that his grandmother had asked him to bring a little friend to stay when he went there for his annual summer visit. He said ‘Would I like to be his friend and go and stay with him at his grandparents' home in Kent this coming August?”

So begins Jonathan Dudley’s encounter with the Churchill family. His schoolfellow was the 8-year-old Winston Churchill junior, grandson of Britain’s wartime prime minister.  This sharply observed memoir is full of intimate glimpses of Churchill and close members of his family.  

"Two young boys roaming in the grounds of a country house in August, one the grandson of the family and the other a nervous guest fascinated by the grandeur and the etiquette; the grown-ups mysterious, glamorous figures in the background: the situation is reminiscent of The Go-Between."

Ysenda Maxtone-Graham, Daily Mail

ISBN 9781911072195
Price: £7.99
Format: Paperback original

Winston, Churchill and Me

Jonathan Dudley

Hardback

ISBN: 9781911072225

£16.99

Balfour in the Dock

Colin Andersen

Balfour in the Dock is published at a time when many supporters of Israel celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the British government letter that led to the transformation of the Arab nation of Palestine into a Jewish state. Colin Andersen presents a very different picture of Balfour and his Declaration, as seen through the eyes of J.M.N. Jeffries, a British journalist who published a masterful account of the truth behind Britain’s betrayal of the Palestinian people, a truth that has been largely concealed in spite of Jeffries’ best efforts. The book in which he told the shameful story, Palestine: The Reality, has been unavailable for nearly 80 years, and Andersen has produced a biography of Jeffries along with an account of his writings, including extracts from the book, which convey a stark message of deceit and injustice by the British government, and an account of Jeffries frustration at trying to make the story more widely known.

Andersen’s work Balfour in the Dock is an accessible, contemporary work. It makes a case not just for the prosecution of Arthur James Balfour, the British foreign secretary who supported Zionist colonization in Palestine, but for the defense of Jeffries.  Andersen retaliates against all the jibes and criticisms leveled at Jeffries that sought to discredit him either for his approach, perceived bias, or the reliability of his content. Focused on the Palestine experience in Jeffries’ life, the book also provides mini-biographies of personalities from that period. It is an engaging work.  Selma Sabbagh. The Electronic Intifada

Sorrows of the Sun

Sogol Sur

Sogol Sur was born in 1988 in Tehran. After getting her BA in English Literature from Shahid Beheshti University, she came to London to study for an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.  She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, whilst finishing her first collection of short stories. Both her creative and academic writing explore themes of queerness and hybridity.

 

“Across every line of this accomplished and surprising first collection the pains of love and grief and nationality are analysed from a new point of view. Making reference to classical Persian poetry but humming with the rhythms of the London streets, this poetry speaks with a luminous and refreshing honesty.”

JULIA BELL, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Sorrows of the Sun

978-1-911072-23-2

£8.00

 

 

Unholyland

Aidan Andrew Dun

 

 

 

Unholyland: The Trilogy

 

Through the story of two lovers, Mosh and Jalilah, this verse novel encapsulates the personal tragedy of the Palestine-Israel conflict. Set in the popular music culture of modern Palestine, using rap rhythms and the sonnet form, Aidan Andrew Dun’s new book is verbally accomplished and rhythmically creative, and yet gripping to read as the story unfolds in a fast-moving narrative of twists and turns. From a first meeting in an underground dive in the Galilee, through Jalilah’s home life in Sabra and Shatila camp, and Mosh’s capture and interrogation by Israeli security, the story builds to a climax in an improvised music gathering in the Sinai desert. 

 

The author Aidan Andrew Dun is a poet, musician and composer, living in and writing about the King’s Cross area of London. His previous books of poems have evoked London and the Middle East and been praised by Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Peter Ackroyd and others.

Hardback
978-0-9931533-2-7
E-book
978-0-9931533-4-1

 

£20.00

 

Endnotes

America's Dreyfus

 

Every American schoolchild knows of the crimes of Alger Hiss, a man whose very name rings with villainy.  Communist, spy, perjurer – all of these accusations were bandied around in public and led to Hiss’s downfall.  Outside the US, Alger Hiss is less well-known, but the man who caused Hiss’s downfall, Richard Nixon, became notorious because of his own crimes.  


Now, prize-winning thriller-writer Joan Brady has written a powerful book which demolishes the evidence against Hiss and shows how Nixon manipulated the press and public by forging evidence and riding roughshod over Hiss’s rights.  

Research for her book followed a long friendship with Hiss after his release from prison, and her curiosity turned to outrage when she discovered how he had been treated.  But why would Nixon rig such a case?

Brady explains that Nixon needed to establish anti-communist credentials while standing as a right-wing candidate. Hiss was his scapegoat, just as Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1894 was convicted of espionage on a wave of anti-semitism.  Dreyfus was eventually cleared of his crimes; Hiss never has been.

Brady draws strong parallels with today's war on terrorism, sometimes being used to silence or threaten critics of government policies in the US and the UK. Written in a vivid and personal style, America’s Dreyfus reads like one of Brady’s thrillers, although every word is true.

 

“…now comes Joan Brady with a bracing reminder of what indeed was so hateful, so villainous about Nixon and his political ascent.”

“…compelling for a younger audience unfamiliar with ‘the trial of the century’…”

“…an absorbing read…”

“…[Brady] is a very good judge of character, and the book is strongest in its analysis of the contrasting personalities of the patrician, Harvard-educated Hiss, and the striving, working-class Nixon…”

- The Spectator review

Hardback
978-0-9931533-2-7
E-book
978-0-9931533-4-1

 

£20.00

 

Endnotes

 

 

America’s Dreyfus
Joan Brady

 

 

Night in Gaza

Mads Gilbert

 

 

 

Night in Gaza

 

In the summer of 2014, Gaza was attacked by Israel for the fourth time since 2006. This attack lasted fifty-one days. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, had worked at al-Shifa Hospital during each previous conflict, and in July 2014 he went back there. While he was helping the wounded, he kept a camera in the pocket of his green operating scrubs. In this book, he tells the story in words and images of the fifteen days of bombing and human suffering that he witnessed. At the same time, this book is a tribute to the courage, endurance and almost inconceivably strong spirit of Palestinian health workers and volunteers, a spirit replicated throughout the severely tested society of Gaza, occupied Palestine.

 

Mads Gilbert is the Medical Director of the Clinic of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of North Norway and a professor at the University of Tromsø (UiT), the Arctic University of Norway. Since the 1980s he has been heavily involved in medical solidarity work around the world, carrying out training programmes and helping war wounded patients in Burma, Angola, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Lebanon, among other places. His book Eyes in Gaza, written together with Dr Erik Fosse, was translated into English in 2010.

 

Paperback original

ISBN 978-0-9931533-6-5

£16.00

I'll See Myself Out, Thank You

 

A series of recent landmark cases have highlighted the issues surrounding assisted suicide and may be shifting public opinion in the direction of greater freedom. 

 

These essays cover every aspect of the topic from the legal and religious issues to the deeply personal experiences of patients and carers.  They present a reasoned libertarian argument for people with terminal conditions, or poor quality of life due to illness or treatment, to be allowed to be helped to kill themselves. The authors include Will Self, Stuart Lee, Lord Avebury, Peter Tatchell, Mary Warnock, and Anthony Grayling.

 

Paperback

ISBN 978-0-9926270-9-6

£10.99 

 

 

I'll See Myself Out, 

Thank You

Edited by Colin Brewer

and Michael Irwin 

 

 

 

We Were Not Armed

 

This is the story of a family destroyed by a chain of events that began when one member put her trust in a conman. At the beginning of the 21st century, the de Védrines were an ancient aristocratic Bordeaux family, educated and socially established. From the outside they had everything they could have wished for – wealth, love, friends, education and family. But the very closeness and trust they had with each other ended up splitting them apart. Exploiting a mix of family pride, historic roots, and personal identity, an outsider – a criminal called Thierry Tilly – stripped the family over ten years of their houses, their money and their personal dignity. It took the courage of Christine de Védrines to break away from Tilly’s iron grip. Her story of how she did that is simply told but moving and sometimes almost unbearable.


Hardback 
ISBN-10: 0992627052
£16.99

We Were Not Armed

Christine de Védrines

 

The Putin Mystique

Anna Arutunyan

 

 

The Putin Mystique

 

The Putin Mystique takes the reader on a journey through the Russia of Vladimir Putin, named by Forbes magazine in 2013 as the most powerful man in the world.  It is a neo-feudal world where iPads and Armani business suits conceal a power structure straight out of the Middle Ages, where the Sovereign is perceived as both divine and demonic, where a man’s riches are determined by his proximity to the Kremlin, and where large swathes of the populace live in precarious complacency interrupted by bouts of revolt. 

 

Where does that kind of power come from? The answer lies not in the leader, but in the people: from the impoverished worker who appeals directly to Putin for aid, to the businessmen, security officers and officials in Putin’s often dysfunctional government who look to their leader for instruction and protection.

 

Paperback, with updated material

ISBN 978-0-9931533-3-4

£9.99

 

The Icarus Gland 

Anna Starobinets

 

 

 

 

The Icarus Gland 

 

A new book of speculative stories by Russia's 'Queen of Horror'.

 

  • The effects on family life of a routine surgical operation to make males nicer…

  • Two mysterious movie producers offer a budding screenwriter his first major break, but they are not what they seem…

  • A hospital cleaner witnesses the astonishing result of a doctor’s experiments in metamorphosis…

  • The holiday outing to end all holiday outings, and not everyone can return…

  • The electronic nanny who takes over family life, in a bad way…

 

Set in a time that is almost today, and a place that is almost anywhere, Starobinets' stories are neither science fiction nor magical realism but combine elements of both.

 

 

 

 

On Further Reflection

 

Over the last 60 years, Jonathan Miller has shown a remarkable range of talents, reflected in the plays, operas, films and television programmes he has been responsible for, the exhibitions he has curated, and the many discussions in which he has participated. This selection of writings draws from magazines and periodicals, books and catalogues to show Miller’s mind at work across fields. Topics in the book range from meditations on photography, popular culture, and the afterlife of art, to the history of mesmerism and the evolution of ideas about the human body.

 

“Jonathan Miller is a genius whose passionate and agile mind takes all of human behaviour as its subject. He is as playful and full of humour as he is serious and profound, ranging easily from the ways in which minute body movements inflect a performance to his abiding interest in artists’ representation of the human form. Miller is equally at home with physiology, philosophy, and psychology, and what he has to say is always surprising and insightful. On Further Reflection is dazzling from beginning to end.” Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

 

Hardback

Price: £20.00 ($30) plus p&p

ISBN 978-0-9926270-6-5

 

 

 

On Further Reflection

Jonathan Miller

 

 

 

The Trials of Lady Jane Douglas

 

An inheritance, a public battle, and two ferocious aristocratic families - the ingredients of a story that puzzled, and sometimes enraged, the chattering classes of 18th-century Britain. At its heart was Lady Jane Douglas, sister of the richest man in Scotland. Was she evil incarnate, willing to betray her religion and lie in order to secure her brother’s riches for the boy she claimed was her son? Or was she a sweet-hearted, virtuous woman? By uncovering documents from the archives of Lady Jane’s descendants, Karl Sabbagh gets nearer than any previous investigator to the truth about what happened to Lady Jane in Paris in 1748.

 

''Karl Sabbagh has investigated one of the great British scandals of the 18th Century and produced a fascinating piece of detective work. It tells us more about high society in England and Scotland at the time than most conventional histories.” Magnus Linklater, former editor, The Scotsman

 

ISBN 978-0-9926270-1-0

Hardback

£16.99

 

 

 

 

The Trials

of Lady Jane Douglas

Karl Sabbagh

 

 

 

 

Good for Nothing

 

Flip Mellis is overweight, weak-willed and suicidal, and in the course of a couple of weeks while he tries to save his marriage and find a new job he meets a gallery of brilliantly-depicted characters from smalltown America.

 

''The book could be the lovechild of Bill Bryson and Martin Amis. And it's peppered with the kind of slick slapstick situation comedy that made the Hangover movies such big hits. But at its heart is a very serious point. It is about the tsunami of destruction that has hit Middle America since the financial crisis.''

The Daily Mail

 

“…very funny, painfully observant, no-holds-barred…a brilliant book…” Audrey Niffenegger

 

Price £8.99 ($15)  plus p&p

ISBN 978-0-955-1810-7-8

 

 

 

Good for Nothing

Brandon Graham

 

 

 

A History of the Future in 100 Objects

 

''In this fascinating and entertaining book, the future of technology is used as a frame to explore what might be for society, families and individuals in the years between now and the year 2100.'' SFX magazine

What 100 objects might sum up our century? Smart drugs that change the way we think? A wedding ring between a human and AI? Technologist Adrian Hon takes a speculative overview of our transitional century from the perspective of a future historan.

 

Adrian Hon is the co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, which produces games for companies like the BBC, Disney, Channel 4, Microsoft, Death Cab for Cutie, and Penguin Books. Adrian writes about technology for The Telegraph and runs Transmedia London. He speaks frequently on the future of technology.

 

A History of the Future

in 100 Objects

Adrian Hon

 

 

Justice

 

Miri Gottlieb returns after World War II to the Italian town from which her young son Vittorio was sent to Auschwitz by the town’s former police chief Renzo Cipriano. If she can find him, what sort of justice would compensate for such a loss?

 

Praise for Justice:

 

"A book about beauty, love, romantic love, maternal love, the love of true and treasured friendship, and the transformative power of compassion. When you finish it, you, like the characters in it, will also feel transformed." Roll Magazine


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​​Justice

Carey Harrison

 

 

Britain in Palestine

Karl Sabbagh

 



Britain in Palestine



A compact account of the thirty years of British rule that led to the transformation of Palestine into a Jewish state, followed by a further sixty years of conflict.

“This excellent book is one of the best short histories of modern Palestine I have yet seen. Essential reading.” ​Ghada Karmi, author, In Search of Fatima​


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