Linda Grant, Julia Neuberger and Anne Sebba on a Lost Classic

Linda Grant, Rabbi Julia Neuberger

22/02/2015 3:30 pm
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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.

Anne Sebba


Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, radio presenter and former Reuters' foreign correspondent. She has written nine critically acclaimed books, most recently Les Parisiennes.

Rabbi Julia Neuberger


Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue, a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was also Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will also become Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April 2020. Her latest book on Antisemitism (Orion Books) was published in May 2019.

Linda Grant

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.