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Jonathan Freedland

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2016

The 3rd Woman

The 3rd Woman is a high-concept thriller set in a world in which the USA bows to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife and the government dictates what the ‘truth’ is. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The 3rd Woman is a high-concept thriller set in a world in which the USA bows to the People’s Republic of China. Jonathan Freedland explores the genesis of his fiction and international politics with broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson

2015

Peter Beinart and Jonathan Freedland compare voices of the Diaspora on both sides of the Atlantic at JBW 2015.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

 

Karl Marx by Jonathan Sperber
Sunday, 22 February 2015

Jonathan Sperber’s Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life: Karl Marx has been hailed as “a brilliant embedding of Marx in his times.” Marx is portrayed as a man looking over his shoulder at the philosophes of the French Revolution, while stoking the radical political flames of mid-19th century Europe. For Jonathan Freedland, who is conducting the interview, Sperber has succeeded in “recreating a man who leaps off the page.”

2013

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Ever wondered what it would be like if you crossed Jewish Book Week with TED, the popular conference which asks inspiring speakers to give "the talk of their life"? Here’s your chance to find out.  Launched at the annual UK Limmud Conference, JDOV talks are now happening around the world and can be viewed at www.jhub.org.uk/jdov

Four speakers gave their all at Jewish Book Week, journalist and writer Jonathan Freedland, actor Tracy Ann Oberman, photographer Judah Passow and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.

2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

The novel by Jonathan Freedland - written under the pseudonym Sam Bourne – Pantheon, is set in the Oxford and Yale of 1940. It follows an Oxford academic deemed unfit to serve in the war against Germany and his desperate search to find his missing wife and child. The story turns, however, on what could be called the dirty little secret of the Anglo-American intellectual elite – the attraction of some of the greatest minds of the 20th century, from Bertrand Russell to George Bernard Shaw and John Maynard Keynes, towards an idea that would now be deemed horribly close to Nazism.

2011

Sunday, 6 March 2011

The Finkler Question is the ‘first unashamedly comic novel’ to win the prestigious Booker Prize and flagrantly Jewish to boot. Howard Jacobson and Jonathan Freedland – two restlessly questing souls – wrestled “finklerisms” in intellectual combat:  Does Jewishness provide a “way in” to the deep and meaningful questions of life? Is life invariably melancholy? Are friends inevitably disloyal? Can love endure? These two mighty Mega-Wits contemplated life’s tragicomic dimensions as they competed for JBW 2011’s final word.

2008

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Jonathan Freedland, alias Sam Bourne, tackles the Middle East conflict in his second gripping thriller, The Last Testament. With the Bethlehem Murders, Matt Rees has set off on a series of mysteries set in the West Bank with school teacher turned detective Omar Yussef as their central character.

The two journalists explained what prompted them to start writing thrillers and discussed the Middle East, politics and fiction.

2007

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Antisemitic attacks are on the rise, the Iranian president calls for the eradication of Israel and the war in Lebanon split the diaspora. But Jewish culture everywhere is experiencing a vibrant resurgence and a two state solution seems inevitable. So what exactly is looming on the horizon?

Jonathan Freedland is a broadcaster for the BBC and an award-winning columnist for The Guardian. He is the author of Jacob’s Gift and, under the name of Sam Bourne, The Righteous Men.

2004

Sunday, 7 March 2004

Jacob's Gift is Jonathan Freedland's family memoir, about Jewishness, identity and belonging. An inquiry into the inheritance he is giving to his young son, it is told through the story of three members of his family, stretching across the generations and ranging from Czarist Russia to London's East End and British-ruled Palestine.

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.