London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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2016 Festival

Jewish Book Week 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016 to Sunday, 28 February 2016

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Events

01-13 Wednesday

FRANK
FRANK
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - 7:30pm
Jake Auerbach presented a screening of his new film FRANK about his father, the artist Frank Auerbach, to coincide with Tate Britain’s current exhibition of Auerbach’s work.
 
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02-8 Monday

Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels, Ian Morris, Princeton Press 2015
Ian Morris: How Human Values Evolve
Monday, 8 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Professor Ian Morris draws on archaeology, anthropology, biology and history to put forward a compelling new argument about the root of civilisations. Civilisations and their values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy.

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The Romanovs
Simon Sebag Montefiore: The Romanovs: Rise and Fall, 1613 – 1918
Monday, 8 February 2016 - 8:30pm
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?
 
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02-13 Saturday

Life Moves Pretty Fast
Life Moves Pretty Fast
Saturday, 13 February 2016 - 8:00pm

Hadley Freeman hosted a Saturday night Valentine's Special at JW3 based on her latest book, Life Moves Pretty Fast, explaining why the 1980s was a truly dazzling decade in cinema history.

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02-20 Saturday

A Magna Carta for all humanity
Human Rights and Values for Our Times
Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 7:00pm
Francesca Klug, Helena Kennedy and Susan Neiman invite us to consider what is distinctive about the ethics and practice of human rights, exploring such topics as Enlightenment values and what constitutes a just and fair society. 
 
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This Is London, Ben Judah
This is London
Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 8:30pm

In This is London: Life and Death in the World City, Ben Judah takes the lid off a new London, where over one-third of its population are immigrants, immersing himself in their sometimes hidden worlds.

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Issy Van Randwyck
Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 8:30pm

Henry Goodman, Issy Van Randwyck and Clive Rowe presented two performances of song, anecdotes and glamour celebrating the musical theatre of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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02-21 Sunday

Einstein: His Space and Times
Einstein: The Man
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 11:00am
Einstein was not only the most famous scientist of the 20th century but a prominent political campaigner, actively engaged in international affairs, with courageous and outspoken views on issues ranging from anti-Semitism to nationalism, the atomic bomb and the Cold War.
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Unexpected Israel
Unexpected Israel
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 11:00am
Ruth Corman’s words and photos bring people and places to life with curious, humorous and moving stories you seldom read in the media: from caviar to camels and pomegranates to pilgrims, as well as unimaginable tales of heroism and unique personalities.
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The Pater
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 11:00am

In his provocative book, The PaterElliot Jager tackles a near-taboo topic: the Orthodox Jewish attitude towards infertility and what it feels like to be a childless Jewish man. He is in conversation with journalist Simon Hattenstone.

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The Best Place On Earth
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 12:30pm

Ayelet Tsabari discusses her internationally acclaimed fiction -The Best Place on Earth - peopled with characters at the crossroads of nationalities, religions and communities, with writer and playwright Samantha Ellis

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Jancis Robinson
Drawing the Genie from the Bottle
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 12:30pm

To mark the publication of the expanded 4th edition of her much-lauded Oxford Companion to Wine, and the brand new 24-hour Wine Expert, the FT’s wine critic Jancis Robinson talks to the newspaper’s food critic Nicholas Lander.

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The Extra
The Great A B: The Extra
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 12:30pm
AB Yehoshua is as creative, humorous and provocative as ever in The Extra, exploring themes familiar to him of love, family relationships and artistic ambitions, set mainly in an ever-changing Jerusalem. Journalist Oliver Kamm chairs. 
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Einstein in the 21st Century
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 2:00pm

Pedro Ferreira,  Andrew Jaffe and Steven Gimbel evaluate the significance of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in the light of recent discoveries about gravitational waves.

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Raoul Wallenberg: The Biography
Raoul Wallenberg: A Righteous Man
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 2:00pm

Ingrid Carlberg, winner of the prestigious August Prize for her seminal biography, Raoul Wallenberg, is joined by Philippe Sands and Henry Goodman to explore the extraordinary life and unique contribution of Sweden’s Special Envoy to Budapest in 1944. Wallenberg’s heroism and ingenuity at the height of the Holocaust saved countless lives while ultimately costing him his own.

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Jonathan Unleashed
Jonathan Unleashed!
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 2:00pm
 In Jonathan Unleashed, a romantic comedy set in Manhattan, the wryly funny prize-winning author Meg Rosoff, in conversation with novelist Amanda Craig, presents her first novel for adults, a quirky take on the Bildungsroman. 
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Scandalous Socialites
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 3:30pm
Natalie Livingstone’s captivating The Mistresses of Cliveden and Claudia Renton’s Those Wild Wyndhams provide two fascinating chronicles of the ways in which exceptional women challenged, evaded and exploited the expectations of their times.
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You Don't Have To Live Like This
You Don't Have To Live Like This
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 3:30pm
Ben Markovits talks to Tim Martin about his compelling new novel, You Don’t Have to Live Like This, a darkly comic and brutal vision of contemporary America in the wake of the global financial crisis.     
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Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr: A Storyteller's Life
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 3:30pm

Judith Kerr, one of the world's finest and best-loved children's authors, talks about her life-story and her life-in-books with Nicolette Jones

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The Maisky Diaries
The Maisky Diaries
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 5:00pm

The diaries of Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to the UK from 1932-43, discovered and scrupulously edited by Gabriel Gorodetsky, offer unprecedented insight into events surrounding the Second World War and the key players in both British and Soviet life. He is joined by John Thornhill with readings by Henry Goodman.

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The Ambassador
The Ambassador
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 5:00pm
Award-winning crime writer Matt Rees teamed up with the late Yehuda Avner, adviser to Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin, to write The Ambassador, an ‘alternative’ historical novel set in Nazi Germany.
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Andrew Solomon and Julia Neuberger
Let's Talk About Love and Death
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 5:00pm

Andrew Solomon, author of international best-seller The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger take the association between loss and depression, so acutely observed in Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia, as the starting point for a free-ranging conversation about love, loss, grief and the human condition. 

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Last Folio
Last Folio
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 6:30pm

Katya Krausova, co-founder of Portobello Pictures and co-creator of Last Folio, presents this unique project, which includes extracts of filmed interviews with survivors from eastern Slovakia, where Yuri Dojc's haunting photographs of a dynamic culture reveal time has stood still. She is in conversation with documentary-maker Roger Graef.

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Ben Okri and Marcus du Sautoy: Narrative Wizardry
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 6:30pm

A breathtaking and unforgettable tour-de-force from two consummate storytellers.

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The Murderous History of Bible Translation
The Murderous History of Bible Translations
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 6:30pm

Harry Freedman, Bishop Michael Ipgrave and Rabbi Raphael Zarum analyse the surprising damage inflicted by troublesome translations.

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The Liberation of the Camps
The Liberation of the Camps
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 8:00pm

Historian of Ideas, Dan Stone, presents his unique inquiry into the events leading up to, and the aftermath of, the liberation of the concentration and extermination camps. He is joined by Alain Bornstein, son of Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein, whose Holocaust Memoir, Die Lange Nacht, was originally published in Germany in 1967.

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Jewish Quarterly
JQ Wingate Prize
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 8:00pm

Find out who is in the running to win 2016’s prestigious JQ Wingate Prize as this year’s judges, Tahmima Anam, Samantha EllisHugo Rifkind and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, discuss the shortlist with JQ editor Nicola Christie

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Simon Schama
The Jewish Face of Britain
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 8:00pm

Simon Schama returns with a unique event devised exclusively for JBW. In his recent book, exhibition and BBC TV series, The Face of Britain, Schama examines portraits by some of the UK’s greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this talk, he looks at the works and legacy of several major Jewish artists. 

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02-22 Monday

Stolen Legacy
Stolen Legacy
Monday, 22 February 2016 - 1:00pm

Dina Gold’s Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin is a gripping, true story of her battle to reclaim the majestic six-storey building seized by the Nazis from her once-prominent Berlin family. Dina Gold outlines the unfolding of this unusual narrative in conversation with Melanie Phillips.

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Born Survivors
Monday, 22 February 2016 - 2:30pm

In Born Survivors Wendy Holden recounts the tale of three exceptional women who all gave birth in concentration camps towards the end of the war. Wendy Holden is joined by one of the ‘infant’ survivors, Eva Clarke, and interviewed by the journalist Jenni Frazer.  

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Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers
Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers
Monday, 22 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers describes the profound existential scepticism of the Children of Israel’s forty-year wandering through the wilderness, a generation who are the receivers of the Torah, are fed on miracles and nurtured directly by God.

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The White Road
Monday, 22 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Accompany Edmund de Waal on his personal pilgrimage along The White Road, which tells the story of his obsession with porcelain – ‘white gold’ – and the lure it has held for those who have encountered it. 

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Fault Lines
Fault Lines
Monday, 22 February 2016 - 8:30pm

David Pryce-Jones, former literary editor of The FT and Spectator and author of several major works, talks about his life, at once very English and singularly exotic, with journalist Jonathan Foreman.  

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The Invention of Russia
Putin's Russia
Monday, 22 February 2016 - 8:30pm

In The Invention of Russia  Arkady Ostrovsky explores those who have shaped the new Russia. Peter Pomerantsev describes his unique journey into the surreal heart of 21st century Russia in his award-winning Nothing is True and Everything is Possible. They explore Putin's Russia with James Harding.         

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02-23 Tuesday

Avivah Zornberg
Who Was Moses?
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 1:00pm

The life of Moses is full of ambiguity. He is one of the most significant figures in Jewish history, making a uniquely potent contribution to both the Jewish religion and the Jewish nation, yet he grew up as an Egyptian. His early life and dual identity are explored by the eminent scholar Avivah Zornberg.

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Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 2:30pm
In his powerful new polemic, Anti-Semitism, renowned novelist and screenwriter Frederic Raphael considers why intense hostility has been directed so relentlessly towards Jews for more than two millennia.
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Jews and Photography in Britain
Jews and Photography in Britain
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Michael Berkowitz has conducted the first-ever historical investigation of the vital contribution Jews have made to photography’s history. He discusses his findings with photography critic Francis Hodgson.

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KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
KL: A History of Nazi Concentration Camps
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 7:00pm

In a landmark work of history, winner of the JQ/Wingate Prize, Nikolaus Wachsmann, offers an unprecedented account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through to their demise in the spring of 1945. 

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Party Animals - My Family and Other Communists
Party Animals Growing Up Communist
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 8:30pm

In conversation with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz, award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch describes how writing Party Animals: Growing Up Communist, his memoir of early life amongst communists in Britain, led him to re-examine his own memories, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.

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The Health Gap
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 8:30pm

Epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot talks to neurosurgeon Henry Marsh about new evidence from around the world that has the potential to make us look afresh not only at health and societies, but also at ourselves.

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02-24 Wednesday

Esther Freud
Fertile Imaginations
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 1:00pm
Tracy Chevalier and Esther Freud are two of our finest novelists and are both contributors to Reader, I Married Him – a soon-to-be-published anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre. They talk about the creative process and their laatest fictions, At the Edge of the Orchard and Mr Mac and Me, with documentary maker Olivia Lichtenstein.  

 

 

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Early One Morning
Captivating Fictions
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 2:30pm

Two of our fastest-rising literary stars, author and editor, Virginia Baily, and Polly Samson, journalist, author and lyricist for some of Pink Floyd’s most celebrated songs, share a platform to discuss their compelling new novels Early One Morning and

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Creation
The Vital Question and The Future of Life
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Evolutionary biochemist Nick Lane and geneticist Adam Rutherford, discuss their recent books. They not only cover the past 4m millennia, but offer an up-to-the-minute overview of the latest developments in our understanding of DNA and gene manipulation.  

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The 3rd Woman
The 3rd Woman
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 7:00pm

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

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History's People: Personalities and the Past
History's People
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 8:30pm

Professor Margaret MacMillan interrogates the past with fellow-historian Antony Beevor to consider the role of individuals and their behaviour.

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Black Horse Ride
Black Horse Ride
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 8:30pm

Black Horse Ride: The Inside Story of Lloyds and the Banking Crisis reveals what really occurred on perhaps the worst single day in banking history, bringing together the accounts of all the power players involved in this dramatic saga.

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02-25 Thursday

Between Tel Aviv and Moscow: A Life of Dissent and Exile
Between Tel Aviv and Moscow: A Life of Dissent
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 1:00pm

Leah Trachtman-Palchan’s migration from Eastern Europe to Palestine in 1921 proved problematic in the very least. Her association with the Communist movement in Palestine led to her deportation by the British to the Soviet Union for 30 years, throwing her into the path of some of the most pivotal events of the 20th-century. Her great-nephew, historian Nir Arielli, presents her story with musicologist Anastasia Belina-Johnson.. 

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Operation Thunderbolt
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 2:30pm

In 1976 a group of German and Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris, eventually forcing it to land in Uganda. In Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe, historian and broadcaster Saul David presents a fast-paced account of the hijacking and subsequent ultra-secret rescue operation.

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What IS going on in France?
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Simon Kuper, the highly respected and entertaining Paris columnist for the Financial Times, discusses the current situation with bestselling author and political commentator, Jonathan Fenby, whose recent book The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the Present, is a riveting analysis of France’s existential problems. 

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Edith Hall © Michael Wharley
Jews in the Classical World
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Experts on the Classical world, Professor Edith Hall and Professor Tessa Rajak, discuss the relationship between the Greeks, the Jews and other civilisations in the Classical era. How did the Greeks regard the Jews, and what did the Jews think about the Greeks?

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Abba Eban, A Biography, Asaf Siniver
Abba Eban: A Biography
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Abba Eban: A Biography is the first examination for almost 40 years of the man whose exceptional skill as a spokesman for Israel in the international arena elicited wide scale admiration. Historian Asaf Siniver is in conversation with journalist Natasha Lehrer.

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Going Up, Frederic Raphael
Going Up
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 8:30pm

Frederic Raphael talks with Baroness Joan Bakewell about his memoir, Going Up, a dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing that is fabulously indiscreet but also deeply moving, laced throughout with wit and erudition.

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The Future of the Professions
The Future of the Professions
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 8:30pm

In The Future of the Professions, Professor Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind predict the transformation and decline of today’s professions and the systems that will replace them as technology transmogrifies the way we all work.

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02-26 Friday

Spies: Fact and Fiction
Friday, 26 February 2016 - 12:00pm

Mishka Ben-David served in Mossad as a high-ranking officer. Now a full-time novelist, he writes tense thrillers about Mossad agents worldwide. Forbidden Love in St Petersburg is his second translated novel. He is in conversation with fellow thriller-writer Adam LeBor, author of The Washington Stratagem.

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02-27 Saturday

Their Promised Land, Ian Buruma
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War
Saturday, 27 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Ian Buruma pays homage to the lives and achievements of his grandparents that included helping twelve Jewish children to escape Nazi Germany and find new lives in Britain. His spellbinding story tells of the sustaining power of a family’s love and devotion through very dark days. Ian Buruma is in conversation with author Adam Thirlwell 

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Woody Allen: Film by Film, Jason Solomons
Woody Allen: Film by Film
Saturday, 27 February 2016 - 7:00pm

Everyone has their favourite Woody Allen film – whether it's one of his nervous but hilarious urban romances such as Annie Hall or Manhattan, or the later, lighter dramas such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Blue Jasmine. Film critic Jason Solomons

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Jonathan Freedland
The Big Debate
Saturday, 27 February 2016 - 8:30pm

The Big Debate, featuring Jonathan Freedland, Howard Jacobson, Melanie Phillips and Simon Schama, addressed the critical issues and challenges confronting Jews today.

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02-28 Sunday

The Rise of the Israeli Right
The Rise of the Israeli Right
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 11:00am

The Israeli Right first came to power nearly four decades ago. Its election was described then as 'an earthquake' and its reverberations endure. In The Rise of the Israeli Right, Professor Colin Shindler poses important questions – How did the Right rise to power?

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A Woman on the Edge of Time
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 11:00am
Jeremy Gavron’s searching account of his mother, who was rarely talked about after her death, documents the too-short life of this extraordinary woman, as he pieces together the events and pressures that led to Hannah Gavron’s suicide when he was just four.
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The Life of Saul Bellow
The Life of Saul Bellow
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 11:00am
 
In conversation with journalist David HermanZachary Leader charts the rise to fame and fortune of one of the greatest American prose writers of the 20th century. Leader offers a vivid portrait of Saul Bellow up to the publication of Herzog in 1964, tracing his turbulent life away from his desk as well as his towering literary achievements. Readings by Henry Goodman.
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In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 12:30pm

 Tim Judah examines the impact of ongoing conflict on the inhabitants of Ukraine. He talks to those whose memories of a contested past shape their attitudes, allegiances and hopes for the future. With his son Ben Judah he discusses how together their stories paint a vivid picture of a nation trapped between powerful political and historical forces.

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The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild
Love, Art and Literature
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 12:30pm
Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love and the new Chair of the National Gallery Board of Trustees, knows a thing or two about art and how for some its pursuit can become an all-encompassing obsession.
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Loose Connections, Esther Menell
Loose Connections
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 12:30pm
 
Esther Menell, author of Loose Connections, joins forces with fellow-publisher Jeremy Lewis to throw light on the endlessly fascinating world of publishing. They recall larger-than-life characters, such as publishers, Andre Deutsch and Anthony Blond, and writers, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul and Edmund White. Jeremy Lewis’s biography of David Astor is out imminently. Guardian journalist Michele Hanson chairs.
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The House by the Lake
The House by the Lake
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Thomas Harding, prize-winning author of Hanns and Rudolf, talks to his cousin, James Harding, about The House by the Lake, the story of their family's German summer house.
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The Ignorant Maestro
The Ignorant Maestro
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 2:00pm

In The Ignorant Maestro, symphony orchestra conductor Itay Talgam draws on his experience on the podium to reveal the conductor’s art.

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Waking Lions, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Waking Lions and Chains of Sand
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Talented authors Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and Jemma Wayne discuss their brilliant second novels Waking Lions and Chains of Sand with Josh Glancy.

 

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The Wise Virgins
Forgotten Fictions: The Wise Virgins
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 3:30pm

JBW joins forces with the Society of Authors to celebrate Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins. Written on the Woolfs’ honeymoon in 1912, the semi-autobiographical novel examining moral, personal and social dilemmas is discussed by founder of Persephone Books Nicola Beaumann and literary biographer Lyndall Gordon, with Anne Sebba.

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Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 3:30pm

Philip Rylands - Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum - is coming especially from Venice to give an illustrated talk about the collection and its contents, also taking in the close connection between the works and the life of its founder.

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Nordic Noir Jewish Style
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 3:30pm

Nordic Noir has already swept the world. Finland’s Harri Nykänen, creator of Jewish detective Ariel Kafka, and journalist and author, Adam LeBor, introduce their latest Jewish-themed page-turners to UK audiences.   

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Art and Religion in the 21st Century
Art and Religion in the 21st Century
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 5:00pm

Aaron Rosen has conducted the first in-depth study of an international roster of contemporary artists who use their work to explore religion’s cultural, social, political and psychological impact on today’s world. He is joined by Rev. Professor Ben Quash and artist Leni Diner Dothan.

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Scary Old Sex
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 5:00pm

In conversation with Irma Kurtz, Arlene Heyman, New York psychoanalyst and Bernard Malamud’s muse, introduces her debut collection of short stories, revealing what really goes on in people's minds, relationships and their beds.

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Shylock Is My Name, Howard Jacobson
Shylock is My Name
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 5:00pm
Written with Howard Jacobson’s customary originality, energy and wit, Shylock is My Name is the Man Booker Prize-winner’s profound and provocative re-telling of The Merchant of Venice in a contemporary setting.
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Not in God's Name
Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 6:30pm
In his powerful and timely new book, Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism. If religion is perceived to be part of the problem, he argues, it must also form part of the solution.
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Catch the Jew!, Tuvia Tenenbom
Catch the Jew!
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 6:30pm

Who is Tuvia Tenenbom, alias Tobi the German, the Bnei Brak-born gonzo journalist who goes where others fear to tread? Everywhere Tobi ventures he encounters anti-Israel sentiment or self-hating Jews. Chaired by journalist Nick Cohen.

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Five Selves, Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein
Five Selves
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 6:30pm

Scholar and author Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein’s beautiful collection of short stories describes the ‘five selves’ of modern Israeli identity, covering diverse themes from intergenerational concepts of identity to mourning a father’s death.

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What Happened at the Metropole
What Happened at the Metropole: A Play in Two Acts
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 8:00pm

What Happened at the Metropole – a docudrama in two acts – is written by Adam Fergusson and Caroline MooreheadDerived from the records of a meeting held by the International Red Cross in Geneva in 1942 in response to newly available evidence about the death camps, the play features characters based on real historical figures.

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The Soho Chronicles
The Soho Chronicles
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 8:00pm

In his book The Soho Chronicles, Matthew Kentridge documents the series of ten animated films made over 22 years by his brother, the internationally-celebrated artist William Kentridge.

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Akiva: Life, Legend and Legacy
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 8:00pm

The legendary Akiva ben Josef has fascinated Jews for centuries. One of the most important early Jewish sages, his theology is still pondered, argued over and revered today. Rabbi Reuven Hammer throws new light on one of Judaism’s most powerful scholars. 

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