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Legacies

David Baddiel, Jonathan Freedland, Anne Karpf, Jonny Geller

06/03/2005 12:15 pm
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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.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LONDON JEWISH CULTURAL CENTRE (LJCC)

David Baddiel

David Baddiel graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in English. He went on to forge a successful career as a comedian, first on the stand-up circuit in London, and then as part of the team behind the popular BBC sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience. In 1993 he teamed up with Rob Newman. Their BBC sketch show,Newman and Baddiel in Pieces, culminated in the pair becoming the first British comics to play an arena gig, at Wembley. His other TV shows include Fantasy Football League, Baddiel’s Syndrome and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. In 1996 he co-wrote and co-sung ‘Three Lions’, the England song for Euro \'96 – the only song in the history of British pop music to go to No. 1 on three separate occasions. David was a member of the Man Booker Prize judging panel in 2002, and he writes a regular column for the \'Books\' supplement of The Times.

Jonathan Freedland


Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, where he is executive editor, Opinion. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View and has also written seven books.

Anne Karpf

Anne Karpf is a columnist writer and sociologist. A regular broadcaster and contributor to national newspapers and magazines, she is a columnist in The Guardian and is the author of several books including The War AfterThe Human Voice and, most recently, How to Age.

Jonny Geller