How does family history spur someone to literature? And what happens when that history coincides with some of the 20th century’s most dramatic and painful events?
David Baddiel’s latest novel, The Secret Purposes, is based on the life of his German refugee grandfather. In Jacob’s Gift, Jonathan Freedland explores the identity he is passing on to his young son. Anne Karpf’s memoir, The War After, looks at the ways her life has been affected by her survivor parents. Together with Jonny Geller, they discussed the role of memory and history in their lives and work.
David Baddiel is a comedian, novelist and critic.
Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster.
Anne Karpf is a broadcaster, journalist and writer.
Jonny Geller is a literary agent and managing director at the Curtis Brown agency.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LONDON JEWISH CULTURAL CENTRE (LJCC)
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