Linda Grant, Julia Neuberger and Anne Sebba on a Lost Classic
Chair: Anne Sebba
2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of GB Stern, the little-known, but influential author of The Matriarch. The book, originally published in 1924, was the first of a series of novels to explore the scandalous life of a west London Jewish family at the dawn of the 20th century. Linda Grant, who has called it “a feminist classic”, discusses the novel’s lasting significance with Rabbi Julia Neuberger and biographer and journalist Anne Sebba.
Linda Grant writes both fiction and non-fiction. When I Lived in Modern Times won the Orange Prize and The Clothes on Their Backs, shortlisted for the Man Booker, won the South Bank Show Award.
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is a Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords, and a social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.
Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters’ foreign correspondent. She has written eight books and is working on her latest, Les Parisiennes. She is chairman of the Society of Authors.
In Association with the Society of Authors
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