Mark Glanville in conversation with Oliver James

Mark Gevisser, Oliver James

03/03/2003 6:15 pm

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 Gevisser

Mark Gevisser is one of South Africa\'s pre-eminent authors and journalists. His last book, A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream, won the Sunday Times 2008 Alan Paton Prize. His journalism has appeared in publications and journals including Granta, the New York Times, the Guardian, Newsweek, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is an Open Society Fellow 2013-2014, and lives between France and South Africa.

Oliver James

Oliver James practised as a clinical child psychologist and has worked as a writer, journalist, broadcaster and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include the best-selling Affluenza, They F*** You Up and Britain on the Couch. He is a trustee of the Alzheimer\'s charity, SPECAL.