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Past EventsSunday, February 24

An Almost English Life

Miriam Gross
Daniel Johnson

Chair: Daniel Johnson

Miriam Gross’s life casts a fascinating insight into the British establishment from an outsider's perspective.

Brought up in wartime Jerusalem, she was deposited by her parents, speaking no English, at the bohemian Dartington Hall School; and then continued her education at Oxford where she found her way into more glamorous academic circles.

Her descriptions – whether mending her boss's bra on her first day at work, or rewriting Angus Wilson's slapdash book reviews -- show a merciless eye for the bogus and the absurd.  She reflects on everything from feminism to anti-semitism and recounts numerous infatuations, both requited and unrequited, with self-deprecating candour.

Miriam Gross was Women's Editor and Deputy Literary Editor of the Observer and Literary Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. She was close to everyone from A J Ayer and Isaiah Berlin to the Pinters.

To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

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