Mark Glanville in conversation with Oliver James
In this intense session, psychologist Oliver James and writer Mark Glanville explored how early experience and family dynamics impact on identity, and looked at the different ways they approach the question of Jewish identity. The session marked the publication of Mark Glanville's The Goldberg Variations, in which the author narrates his extraordinary journey from extravagantly gifted schoolboy to football hooligan to Oxford Classics student to classical singer and Jewish husband and father.
The book presents an unflinching portrait of Glanville and his family, and particularly of his relationship with his father, Brian Glanville. The session represented an equally honest dissection of the author.
Mark Glanville studied classics at Oxford, and trained as a singer at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has performed with Opera North, Scottish Opera and New Israeli Opera. The Goldberg Variations is his first book.
Oliver James is a trained clinical psychologist. His latest book, They F*** You Up (Bloomsbury 2002), explores how our earliest experiences make us who we are.
"Well, I found in the end that the only way I could write the sort of book that I have written was to be very, very honest about him [Mark Glanville's father] and about him and my mother really, and about the people that I felt…So in order to be able to describe what I became I had to really talk in a lot of depth and detail about my parents and I was very, very worried indeed about how they would react to it." [Mark Glanville]
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